× 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 2015

04 Aug 2015 19:37 - 04 Aug 2015 20:26 #3009 by admin
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The elements and the inherent dampness of the forest have...

Kaeng Krachan World Heritage register site

And so another year has

come to pass in the Thailand Wildlife/Kaeng Krachan Project. It’s been another great year full of surprises and of course the inevitable equipment failures. It is maybe apt that the end has arrived in the rainy season when the weather does its worst to kill off equipment.

 

The elements and the inherent dampness of the forest have taken their toll again and there is a host of dead camera and video equipment this year. Equipment that was holding on, finally gave way to the elements. Indeed, on our last visit to review the sets we had 4 failed cameras and the very last of our Bushnell video cameras had finally given in to the torrential forest downpours it had successfully endured for so long.

Our strategy in 2015 had been to concentrate in small pockets of forest supported by Park Chief Khun Kamol Nuanyai's fantastic research team. Allowing time for the transitory and range species to hopefully join the localized species in front of the camera sets. Gaining more understanding of specific species behavior to better understand how to develop our camera placement in the future. All the time increasing the species captures and providing usable images to the Department of National Parks for their publications.

And indeed Kaeng Krachan has once again shown an amazing bio-diversity of cryptic forest life that habits even it's well visited locales. And as we close down the project, and start to prepare for our next wildlife photographic undertaking (which will surprise many), we are sharing a glimpse at one of the project deliverables. The hightlights of the awareness poster set for 2015:

 

Kaeng Krachan National Park (KKNP), and by definition the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (KKFC), have proven time and time again to be an area of incredible bio-diversity. A unique meeting place of four zoogeographical sub regions and four floristic provinces (Indo-Burmese or Himalayan, Indo-Malaysian, Annamatic, and Andamanese). Already an ASEAN Heritage Park, its uniqueness of habitat and bio-diversity in Thailand deserves it the right to World Heritage status. Indeed it has resided on the tentative list for World Heritage since 2011 and Thailand is strongly supporting its full recognition by the world body, as it truly deserves. The World Heritage Committee will consider the inclusion of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex as a World Heritage Site in 2016. We must but hope they do the right thing and recognize the true natural heritage is about the survival of the magnificent and unique fauna and flora of the Keang Krachan Forest Complex and should not be overshadowed by disparate political views concerning human encroachment.

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04 Aug 2015 21:58 #3010 by onflipflops
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Great set of images!
Am curious about your new project. Especially because you say it will surprise many.
hope you continue to capture images of elusive wildlife whereever it may be.
And hopefully with less camera failures.

good luck!

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05 Aug 2015 06:21 #3011 by admin
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Many thanks Flipflops! Sadly, the equipment failures are an integral, and frustrating, part of camera trapping in the rainy season :+)

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06 Aug 2015 09:06 #3012 by onflipflops
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That part is worrying me for my own upcoming project.
What are the most common failures? Is it the DSLR itself? Or the flashes? PIR sensor? Or just combinations of these?

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06 Aug 2015 09:52 - 14 Aug 2015 17:09 #3013 by admin
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Its the conditions, we have used multiple DSLR camera types, multiple sensor types, multiple flash types and setups. It just boils down to.... its electronics and a humid forest. Every time that camera door opens - humidity has a field day, and its a cumulative effect. Dry season is much better. Prepare to have fun but be ready for the costs :+)

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06 Aug 2015 17:51 - 06 Aug 2015 18:02 #3014 by admin
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And here's one from our last dead bushnell - quality is obviously bad as the cam was on it's last legs.



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06 Aug 2015 23:05 #3017 by onflipflops
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Cool video!

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14 Aug 2015 17:11 #3037 by Paul TW
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Notice how the birds start to make noise when he starts to move?

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14 Aug 2015 19:56 #3038 by onflipflops
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Sometimes I wonder why these tiny birds would even bother to alarm call, don't think they will be prey to these bigger cats.
It would be great to know all the alarm calls of different animals. Many species have different alarms for aerial and terrestial predators, but it takes a long time to learn the differences of all species. If however we would understand all, then it would be a tiny bit easier to see predators.

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11 Nov 2015 09:12 #3223 by ian
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I'm sure they are not just warning themselves, but other species like deer and monkey! The whole community help one another to avoid being eaten by predators.

Can you recommend any English speaking guides for Kaeng Krachan? So far I have tried contacting Tontan travel but they are fully booked for December, the dates I am looking to go.

Any resorts and lodging near the park that conduct tours into the park are also welcome!

Thanks.

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