8 Days Central Of Thailand
Mahachai – Lame Pak Bia - Kaeng Krachan – Khao Yai
Phetchaburi (Thai: เพชรบุรี) is one of the central provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram and Prachuap Khiri Khan. In the west it borders Tanintharyi Division of Myanmar. Geography Phetchaburi is located at the northern end of the Malay Peninsula, with the Gulf of Thailand to the East and the Tanaosi mountain range forming the boundary to Myanmar. Except these border mountains most of the province is a flat plain area. With an area of about 3000 km² the Kaeng Krachan National Park is Thailand largest national park, covering nearly half of the province. It protects mostly rainforests in the mountains along the boundary to Myanmar, but also the Kaeng Krachan reservoir is part of the park. The only significant river of the province is the Phetchaburi River. Here is the place of Par’s Farm the bungalow for birder guest of Wild Bird Eco Tour.
Bann Pak Thale the name of Sub-District (Tambon), is a large area of salt pans with some mangrove remnants and a sand spit, in Petchaburi province. This is probably the premier birdwatching site for shorebirds in Thailand with many rare species putting in regular appearances. The appropriate time to watch birds is winter, during November – March. You can see the popular, hard to find birds like Spoonbill Sandpiper and Nordmann’s Greenshank every year.
This region is very open and exposed which allows for good views of the birds but, as with any shorebird watching, a telescope is highly desirable. In addition to the coastal areas there are large expanses of freshwater wetlands further inland, consisting of rice paddies and fishponds which are inhabited by Crakes, Rails, Egrets and, in the winter, large raptors.
The Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus, is a small wader. It belongs to the calidrid sandpipers, but its placement inside this group is not resolved. While it is usually assigned to the monotypic genus Eurynorhynchus, its peculiar morphological adaptations and equivocal DNA sequence data (Thomas et al., 2004) preclude determination of closest relatives and evolutionary history at present. (photo by KC Choo, Feb.2007) The most peculiar feature of this species is its spatulate bill. The bird is 14–16 cm in length. The breeding adult has a red-brown head, neck and breast with dark brown streaks. It has blackish buff and pale rufous fringing. Non-breeding adults lack the reddish coloration, but have pale brownish-grey upperparts with whitish fringing to wing-coverts. The under parts are white.
This bird's breeding habitat is sea coasts and adjacent hinterland on the Chukchi Peninsula (the edge of Russian Far East, photo map) and southwards along the isthmus of the Kamchatka peninsula. The Spoon-billed Sandpiper migrates down the Pacific coast through Japan, North Korea, South Korea and China
Kaeng Krachan (Thai: แก่งกระจาน) is the largest national park of Thailand, located at the northern end of the Malay Peninsula. Due to its location near the touristical town Hua Hin it is a popular park.
Geography The park covers parts of the districts Nong Ya Plong, Kaeng Krachan and Tha Yang of Phetchaburi Province, and of Hua Hin of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. It consists mainly of rain forests within the eastern slope of the Tenasserim Mountain Range. The highest elevation is at 1200m, the mean elevation of the area is at Two main rivers originate within the park, the Pranburi River and the Phetchaburi River.The Phetchaburi is blocked by the Kaeng Krachan dam at the eastern border of the park. The dam creates a lake covering an area of 46.5 km². The dam was built in 1966.
History The park has been included in the list of ASEAN heritage parks. In 2005 it was also submitted to UNESCO for consideration as a future world heritage site. Thailand's largest national park , Kaeng Krachan is a superb park for trekkers and a paradise for birdwatchers. dominated by semi-evergreen forests, with hill evergreen forest above 1,200 m. the lower reaches of two major streams have been dammed and are mostly deforested, but the upper reaches may still contain some moist, valley bottom forest at low elevation. Fauna and Flora The forests contain a very diverse collection of tree species, both continental trees like oaks, chestnuts, and maples, but also trees found on the Malay Peninsula like palms. 57 species of mammals
Small Pool Thai call Bo Nok “ Bo” in mean Small Pool , “ Nok “ is mean Bird , the magic place for bird watching, for here is wonderful place to see many specie bird come to take a baht drinking and feeding, Create by local people in the village, people live around the forest park they had to be hunter before make a farm. He know well about the trail of mammal and bird living around his area, he will make small pond like a trap and build 2-3 hind for people hide in side with camera, In every day farmer fill a fresh water 15 liter (pool size wide 3 foot - long 4 foot – water deep 4 inch) and leave some fruits for bird and mammal eat. Bird start to active on 07:00 – 17:00 if a day the weather around 30 C. or sunshine no cloudy, bird much more active at small pool for take a bath. since 2008 the first pond build by Uncle Sin ,his pond show a lot of bird live around here more 35 specie per day such as Bar-backed Partridge, Scaly-breasted Partridge, Kalij Pheasant, Red Junglefowl, Crested Goshawk, Red- legged Crake, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Eared Pitta, Emerald Dove, , White-browned Scimitar-Babbler, Large Scimitar-babbler, Black-crested Bulbul, Black-headed Bulbul, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Racket-tailed Treepie (photo by Phil photographer from Malaysia, he’s in hide), Green Magpie, Lesser and Geater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, Siberian Blue Robin, White-rumped Shama, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, etc. And also small mammal such as Greater Mouth Deer, Squirrels. The small pool located out side Kaeng Krachan by the forest edge, now around here also have 8 small pool but not every one successful bird come for show , if you want to go for birding or bird photography, Please contact Wild Bird before booking tour because we don’t put program it’s here in every itinerary and we will need to check information before take you there.
Khao Yai (Thai เขาใหญ่) is a national park in Thailand. It lies largely in Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Khorat), but also includes parts of Saraburi, Prachinburi and Nakhon Nayok provinces. It was the country's first national park, established on September 18, 1962. A major role in its establishment was done by Boonsong Lekakul, one of the 20th century's most famous conservationists in Thailand.
A total of 333 species of birds and 71 species of mammals have been reported in Khao Yai. The montane bird fauna is not well represented in Khao Yai, not only because the park is relatively remote from the higher forested mountains of the north and west, but partly because it has only small, isolated areas of unexceptionally high mountain tops. Some typical montane birds include the White-browed Shrike-Babbler and the White-tailed Leaf-Warbler, both of which may be found around Khao Khieo and the other high peaks. Khao Yai bird fauna is chiefly composed of those lowland and hill slope (submontane) birds, which have fairly wide latitudinal ranges. Some other lowland species, such as Siamese Fireback, Pompadour Pigeon and Javan Frogmouth, which may once have been abundant in the evergreen forests which formerly covered the surrounding plain, are found only at extremely low density around the Khao Yai headquarters area. Some typical resident species inhabiting the evergreen forests of the headquarters area include Silver Pheasant, Indian Hanging Parrot, Green-billed Malkoha, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Mountain Scops-Owl, Orange-breasted and Red-headed Trogons, four species of hornbills, 3 barbets, Greater Flameback and Heart-spotted Woodpecker, 4 species of broadbills, Blue Pitta, Blue-winged Leafbird, Asian Fairy bluebird, a variety of bulbuls, including the Puff-throated and Grey-eyed Bulbul, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Green Magpie, Abbott’s Babbler, White-bellied Yuhina, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Hill Blue Flycatche, White-throated Kingfisher, Indian Roller, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Bright-capped Cisticola. (Blue Pitta photo by KC Choo) Khao Yai is host to many migrant or wintering birds, most of which are visitors from the north and which inhabit the park from October through to March and first of week in April starting breeding of Broadbill. Khao Yai is about one and a half hours north east of Bangkok or 1.30 hr. from Airport.
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