Phang Nga Mangroves
The afternoon was spent in the three mangrove walkways in Phang Nga.
Phang Nga Mangrove Park
At the car park a Black-thighed Falconet was perched up on an aerial. It was probably one of the pair that roosts in a hole in a cliff across the road in Queen’s Park.
As we walked into the mangroves we could hear a Ruddy Kingfisher calling. We had a good look around and found a pair of them. As usual we managed to call in a pair of Black-and-Red Broadbills too. It was proving to be a very good day’s birding. Next up was a Mangrove Pitta. Games found it after it started calling. You have to love Pitta season.
Also seen were Ashy Drongo, Pied Fantail and Olive-winged Bulbul.
Ao Phang Nga
We had less luck at Ao Phang Nga NP where the only mangrove specialist found was an Ashy Tailorbird.
Baan Bang Phat
At Bang Phat we brought in a Brown-winged Kingfisher as we entered the walkway. The day was very hot and the birds were less than active. Mangrove Whistler was only briefly seen. Chestnut-bellied Malkoha showed well as did Pied Fantail and Oriental White-eye.
The morning was spent getting to, and at, our usual Gurney’s Pitta site.
Along the way we found a pair of Blue-winged Pittas that flew into a close tree to state their claim on the territory.
A couple of Crested Honey Buzzards flew by and some Thick-billed Green Pigeons flew into the same tree. A Rufous-tailed Tailorbird showed momentarily.
Along the track we heard a Ferruginous Babbler calling. As we were looking for it we also saw a Puff-throated Babbler.
At the hide we were told by the farmer that he had not heard the Pitta for a while. This is rather worrying as a nearby rubber plantation was recently cleared causing a lot of disturbance.
In the forest we got onto a Green Broadbill, a Grey-cheeked Bulbul, a Yellow-bellied Bulbul, some Hairy-backed Bulbuls and some Scaly-crowned Babblers. Unusually a group of Chestnut-rumped Babblers came low and showed well, behaving very similarly to the Fluffy-backed Tit Babblers of the previous day.
A Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo flew into view on the way back to the car. A pair of Grey-and-Buff Woodpeckers were also in the area but were only seen in flight.
After lunch at the Morakot Resort we went to the HQ to look for sunbirds. We found a good variety including Purple-naped Sunbird and Van Hasselt's Sunbird.
Birding at KNC in the afternoon is always very difficult so we flitted about trying to pick up a bird here or there. We managed to find Plaintive Cuckoo, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Cream-vented Bulbul, Thick-billed Flowerpecker and Grey-breasted Spiderhunter.
At dusk we found a Great Eared Nightjar near the resort.