× Over 400 species of birds are known to occur within the Park’s boundaries, and 57 mammals. Larger mammals include elephant, gaur, sambar deer, banteng, serow, and bear, indo-chinese tiger, leopard, both common and Fea’s muntjac. Malayan tapir, white-handed gibbon, dusky and banded langurs, Asian wild dog, otter, and wild boar.

Kaeng Krachan in November

02 Dec 2014 05:32 - 02 Dec 2014 06:07 #2538 by Paul TW
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As November marks the end of what I like to call "the bug season" in Central Thailand I had a few extended weekends in Kaeng Krachan to make the most of it before the insect lull starts.

As soon as the dry weather arrives diurnal arthropods become much much harder to find/spot with a few exceptions (spiders and certain butterflies in particular). So I had a few long weekends at Baan Krang to explore KM 16-18 on my own and see what I could come up with. Indeed the 3rd weekend was already bug free as the cool/dry season had taken hold in the forest already. But even so the forest was a delight and camping weather was perfect and I swung in my hammock nightly dreaming the eternal dream "...if only the weather in Thailand was like this all the time...", But then it would not be Thailand would it? By the 3rd weekend the winter camping crowds had started to arrive and my dream was over - crowds/noise and the forest are not a good mix for me so it will be mid week for my own camping forays until the humidity starts to pick up again.

My change over to Canon for macro has been interesting and I got some solid time to practice with the gear on the trip but am still refining my lighting setup which I hope to have sorted before long. All the pictures are with the Canon 5DM3 and USM 100 or MPE 65. With my mixed lighting, I have noticed the Canon's white balance gives me issues where the Nikon's handled it in their stride. When I get more used to the Canon I will write something about the differences between the two brands for macro - there are some surprises, good and bad on both sides.

Here are some of the highlights of my sightings:

A cute Jumping Spider:


My first time seeing an adult Tropidomantis tenera


Hamadruas-sp Lynx Spider with prey
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02 Dec 2014 05:39 #2539 by Paul TW
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The "masked hunter" Assassin bug one of the forest champions of camoflague



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02 Dec 2014 05:41 - 02 Dec 2014 06:21 #2540 by Paul TW
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I very rarely see snakes (but in honesty ... I don't know anything about how or where to look for them) - this one was very small and asleep in a bush until I noisily woke him/her up. I was hoping I was going to see the tongue come out but it never did before it took off into the trees.

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02 Dec 2014 05:42 - 02 Dec 2014 05:44 #2541 by Paul TW
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A Dolomedes spider with egg sac.


A planthopper nymph of somekind
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02 Dec 2014 05:47 - 18 Dec 2014 13:14 #2542 by Paul TW
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A giraffe weevil (Attelabidae)


A well worn Sesiidae or clearwing moth Erebidae/Arctiinae/Syntomini (thanks to Les for ID correction)
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02 Dec 2014 05:50 #2543 by Paul TW
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And on my very last day this was the ONLY thing I saw, so I photographed it a lot :+)

Mating Pyrrhocoridaes (I think?)







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02 Dec 2014 08:38 #2544 by Bagheera
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an exquisite set of photographs, the clarity and detail is quite amazing.
I like that assassin bug, he looks pretty funky!

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03 Dec 2014 17:13 - 03 Dec 2014 19:07 #2551 by onflipflops
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Great images, Trekker!
I love the camouflaged assassin bug!
And of course the snake ;)
The snake looks like a Bronzeback species (Dendrelaphis sp.).
According to some documentation about the reptiles of the Petchaburi province 2 species occur. D. pictus and D. cyanochloris. My guess is that it's D. pictus.
Though the Dendrelaphis genus is a bit of a mess, and new species have been described in the last couple of years, and I don't know if more are to be expected, so I guess you would have to ask a real herpetologist to confirm ID.

I visited Kaeng Krachan twice for quite a few days in November, so I guess I could add some of my images to this post.
Found 3 Lantern Bug species, and various other bugs. I'll add some images, not nearly as good as your images, Trekker, but anyway I guess enough to confirm IDs.

I suppose you know this location, I spotted these while driving by. Coming from Ban Krang, a few hundred meters after the second river crossing there is a dry river sand bed on the right of the road and a large tree with quite a few of these Lantern bugs on it.




Rudolf the red-nosed Lantern Bugs were found along the 'Vanilla Nature Trail' and at Ban Krang camp ground.




Another species from the Ban Krang camp.




And then there were these, not sure if this is a cicada or something else...




And this tiny creature. No idea what this is.




An unusual spider



And is this a froghopper?




I was wondering if anybody of you can tell me the species name of the resident tarantulas at Ban Krang. I found two and they have been there for a couple of weeks now. I don't know much about tarantulas but I believe I once saw in a documentary that some species stay for years at the same spot (as long as they are not chased off), is that correct?
These two risk to get tents placed right on top of there holes, but maybe they got used to that...
Mr. (or MRS.?) Tarantula. Any ID??

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03 Dec 2014 17:39 - 03 Dec 2014 19:14 #2552 by onflipflops
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Besides the bugs above, I got a few nice reptiles. Found 4 green morphs of the Oriental Vine Snake. One found at night resting at 10m high in a tree. The others were at a more photographable height.







And got to see a few other species like Red-necked Keelback, a few other keelback species that were too fast to confirm ID, a White-lipped Pit Viper, a Siamese Cat Snake, 2 Keeled Rat Snakes, a Mock Viper, and a Spotted Slug Snake.

The White-lipped Pit Viper


A question, have any of you Kaeng-Krachan-regulars ever seen Malayan Pit Viper in the park? And if so, where exactly?

And some of the more interesting lizards (at least for me) were Masked Horned Tree Lizards (Acanthosaura crucigera), Green Crested Lizards, Blanford's Gliding Lizard, and a Oldham's Bent-toed Gecko.

And some of the mammals seen were:
Dusky Langurs, I'm truly amazed how common they are. You can't really go anywhere without seeing them, or usually first hearing them jumping around from tree to tree.




Banded Langurs, one day both the Dusky and the Banded Langurs were in the same trees. The Banded Langur group was more shy and disappeared on one side of the mountain ridge while the Dusky Langurs moved away on the other side of the mountain ridge. They seemed to be reasonably tolerant to eachother.
I've already posted an image of these in the thread about the Tenasserim Lutung: www.wildlifethailand.com/forums/38-mamma...nasserim-lutung#2518

White-handed Gibbons
Pig-tail Macaques (could anyone confirm if KK has Northern or Southern Pig-tails?) Did not get a picture of them.

Stump-tailed Macaques



Black Giant Squirrels
Wild Boars
Indian Muntjacs
Golden Jackals




Yellow-throated Martens. I have mixed feelings about the practise of the park rangers of dropping the food leftovers behind the two restaurants, but at least it offers picture opportunities of species like this that are otherwise nearly impossible to photograph in the wild.

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03 Dec 2014 18:28 - 03 Dec 2014 19:04 #2553 by onflipflops
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And some nocturnal stuff.
Masked Palm Civets



Also saw Asian Palm Civet but did not try to photograph it.
Large Indian Civets




Malayan Porcupines & Brush-tailed Porcupines




Ooh, and there was this less fortunate guy... nice to see the size of the tusks of these muntjacs.


And found leopard and dhole pug marks, and heard an elephant crushing through the forest but could not get any views.

Got to see some nice birdlife. Some of the more interesting species were Black-and-red Broadbill, Grey Peacock Pheasant, quite a few Kalij Pheasants, they seem to be quite common, and Brown Wood Owl in daytime.



That was about it.

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04 Dec 2014 06:06 #2555 by Paul TW
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What an absolutely fantastic haul of great images and sighting! Beautiful pictures!
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04 Dec 2014 07:22 #2556 by Bagheera
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These are awesome photos aswell Flipflops, I especially like your snake photography, brilliant!
Both you fellas are setting the bar very high!
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04 Dec 2014 07:55 - 04 Dec 2014 07:55 #2557 by Paul TW
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On the insects:

1. Pyrops spinolae (lantern bug)
2. Pyrops karenia (lantern bug)
3. Saiva gemmata (lantern bug)
4. Penthicodes pulchella (lantern bug)
5. A Dictyopharidae (close relative of a lantern bug and not very commonly seen in my own experience)
6. Herennia ornatissima (AKA Ornamental Tree Trunk Spider)
7. A froghopper as you've already said (no idea on species)
8. The Tarantula - no idea


Bagheera - I am sure once you are back in action you are going to be teaching us all a few things!
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04 Dec 2014 09:19 #2559 by rushenb
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Fantastic shots!
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04 Dec 2014 09:52 #2560 by onflipflops
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Thanks Trekker for your comments and IDs!
When I saw that tiny green thing it did look a bit like a Lantern Bug so I thought I'd better get a shot and share it with the Lantern bug fanatics from this forum ;) good to know it is some sort of relative.
Apart from P. spinolae of which I already mentioned the location, all the others were just found around the Ban Krang camp. Well, P. karenia was found on the camp and on the Vanille nature trail.
The frog hopper was found along the trail to the Pran Buri waterfall.

I had a look at google and found something about tarantulas.
Tarantula breeders are talking about the Chilobrachys sp. kaeng krachan. Dark Earthtiger.
Pictures seem to match, but maybe I am wrong. I set up my flashes wit DIY shoot through umbrella and had to guess focus on my 17-35mm 2.8 lens. At one point the tarantula cam all the way out but I had set focus a bit deeper in the burrow, so that shot was too much out of focus. It might be useful for ID, though, I don't know...

Thanks Bagheera!
I was quite happy with the snake shots. Advantage of snakes, at least some species, is that you can really take the time to set up a nice shot. The Oriental Vine Snakes and also the pit vipers are great models that tend to pose long enough to get everything like you want it. For some of the shots I used a DIY 50cm diameter shoot through umbrella attached to a radio triggered flash on top of a 'Selfie-handle'. Gives nice soft light for snake- sized animals.
It is quite common practise these days to do wide-angle reptile-in-habitat shots, so it is not exactly original anymore, but still I like the looks. The shots of the vine snake in the vines is not perfect, this individual did not pose as good as some of the others, but still I liked all the curly vines and the similarly shaped snake.

I agree with Trekker that we can not wait for you, Bagheera, to get 'back to business'.
I talked with the rangers at Ban Krang about leopards and they mentioned you, because your great image is on the wall there. They did not hear about your accident yet, and were sorry to hear about it. They told you are a good guy with a heart for nature.

BTW it so pleasant to be in Kaeng Krachan where the rangers are so much more friendly and helpful than most of the rangers in Khao Yai. And they understand why people like us come to these parks, they keep an eye on you but give you the freedom to do what you want, at least if you appear to be an experienced jungle trekker. That made a stay much more pleasant.
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12 Dec 2014 09:34 #2587 by Painted Jezebel
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Absolutely stunning photos, congratulations.

One id correction required. Trekker, your photo of the Sesiidae is actualy Erebidae/Arctiinae/Syntomini. The Syntomini are a mess, and much work needs to be done on them. It is generally impossible to id to species level based on photos alone.

Sesiidae are usually easily recognisable, by having hairy legs!
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