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WINGS Birding Tours – Photo Gallery

Thailand: The Northwest

We’ll leave Bangkok early driving north to Khao Yai… (ds) …where our hotel is comfortable with a refreshing pool…but we come to Khao Yai… …to marvel at the vast tracts of forest,here viewed from the Park’s highest point at Khao Khieo… (ds) …full of birds like Great Hornbill… (ck) …and this incubating male Red-headed Trogon. …and Green-billed Malkoa,…. (ck) …and walk along moist river valleys, home to… (ds) …wintering Orange-headed Thrush and… (ck) …Siberian Blue Robin. (ck) Khao Yai is visited by birders from all across the world - here David Sibley stops by - but… …there are more than birds here;  a forest elephant mines a salt lick… (ds) …and spectacular butterflies abound; this one a Paris Peacock. After Khao Yai, we’ll travel north to the distinctly different Chiang Mai… …where a new ground agent oversees our well being; here a picnic lunch on forested Doi Pui.  Chiang Mai lies below out of sight. We’ll spend several nights at Inthanon Highland Resort… …whose lovely grounds host… …Asian Barred Owlet among many others…(ck) ..and the resort can have spectacular sunsets. Collared Falconets occur on the lower slopes of Doi Inthanon, often in small groups… …the striking and personable Spectacled Barwing is numerous  at middle elevations.. …and a few beautiful White-capped Redstarts are found along rushing streams. The garden at the Amari Nature Resort on Doi Ang Khang are attractive… …and we take our meals at the Royal Project on Doi Ang Khang, behind which we have seen… …Grey-winged Blackbird, a scarce winter visitor. Before breakfast one day we’ll look for night birds including Gray Nightjar. We’ll approach the Myanmar (Burma) border at Doi Lang… ..and with luck may see Chestnut Thrush, a beautiful and rare winter visitor from China… …and Red-faced Liocichla, a scarce resident and one of the more spectacular babbler species. We’ll begin the Spoon-billed Sandpiper extenion in the sprawling city of Bangkok but drive south the next day… (ds) …to the Gulf of Thailand where certain salt works… (ds) …hold vast numbers of shorebirds (up to 30 species!) at high tide… (ds) …including  a very few of the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper.  (ds) We’ll stay at a charming beach front resort close to the shorebird area…  (ds) …and vary our time with a short boat ride…  (ds) …to a sand spit…  (ds) …where we might see a rare wintering Chinese Egret.  (ds) Hopefully our boat operator will still be serving fresh mangoes at the end of the trip.  (ds) A nearby Royal Project has good wetlands and…  (ds) …at day’s end thousands of beeeaters and drongos come to roost and hundreds of Flying Fox leave for their nightly rounds.  (ds) We’ll also visit another marsh where Painted Snipe occurs and… (ck) … perhaps we’ll see an see amazing Edible-nest Swift apartment.  (ds)