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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…. We come to Khao Yai to marvel at the vast tracts of forest… (ds) …and moist river valleys, home to… (ds) …birds like Great Hornbill… (ck) …Green-billed Malkoa…. (ck) …and wintering Orange-headed Thrush… (ck) …but there are more than bird  here… (ds) …and spectacular butterflies like this Paris Peacock abound. From Khao Yai, we’ll travel north to Chiang Mai… …where a new ground agent oversees our well being. 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 extension 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.  (We don’t yet have images for Kaeng Krachen)