Tuesday, 1 December 2015

1st December 2015 Khao Yai National Park

We drove into Khao Yai just after 6am and stopped at the fruiting tree at Km33 where the two species of Hornbill were both in attendance and soon joined by a Common Green Magpie and a number of Mountain Imperial Pigeons. We were soon along Trail 6 where we spent the whole morning with highlights being a male Siberian Blue Robin and a Red-headed Trogon. On exiting the trail I picked out a Two-barred Greenish Warbler on call and even managed to record it with my digi-camera. We then spent a while at the Boonson Lekagul camp before trying another campsite where we met a young Thai birder who told us of another fruiting tree visible from the Viewpoint near the Pak Chong entrance where a Brown Hornbill had been seen a few days ago. We tried the viewpoint but unfortunately couldn't pinpoint the fruiting tree as we failed to see any Hornbill activity. We spent our last hour at Khao Yai National Park at a vantage overlooking a small pool hoping for Asian Elephant but although we heard them they unfortunately failed to show, although a female Asian Fairy Bluebird did so, and 15 Lesser Whistling Ducks were seen arriving at the small pool at dusk. We made our last visit to the Cowboy Restaurant for another good meal.
Lesser Whistling Duck c.15
Red-wattled Lapwing c.15
Thick-billed Green Pigeon c.35
Mountain Imperial Pigeon 6
Asian Palm Swift c.10
Red-headed Trogon 1
Indian Roller 1
Common Kingfisher 2
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater 15
Oriental Pied Hornbill 6
Great Hornbill 3
Ashy Woodswallow 6
Ashy Drongo 2
Bronzed Drongo 2
Hair-crested Drongo 2
Common Green Magpie 1
Large-billed Crow 2
Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher 2
Barn Swallow 100
Red-rumped Swallow 2
Two-barred Greenish Warbler 1
Asian Fairy-bluebird 1 female
White-vented Myna 20
Common Myna 2
White-rumped Shama 2
Siberian Blue Robin 1 male
Taiga Flycatcher 2
Blue-winged Leafbird 2
Paddyfield Pipit 6
Male Great Hornbill at Km33 in Khao Yai National Park
Its red eye and clean bill show this to be a different individual to that photographed yesterday this presumably being a mature adult male
Giant Squirrel at Km33 in Khao Yai National Park

Km33 fruiting tree in Khao Yai National Park
Trail 6 at Khao Yai National Park
Dark Blue Tiger at the Boonsong Lekagul Camp in Khao Yai National Park

Paddyfield Pipit at Khao Yai National Park
Common Kingfisher at Khao Yai National Park
Viewpoint in Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park under threatening skies