× 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.

K Krachan drying out

17 Jan 2016 09:40 - 17 Jan 2016 09:41 #3363 by Paul TW
Paul TW created the topic: K Krachan drying out
Keang Krachan is drying up fast this year in line with the forecasted drought for Thailand. This was the Baan Krang 3rd stream (between KM 17 and 18) on Friday morning - completely dry. The check dam at 18 is also empty and the Pran is just a trickle. Its going to be a very dry, Dry Season.
Attachments:

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
17 Jan 2016 13:20 #3369 by bootly66
bootly66 replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Not looking good for the coming months..........

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
17 Jan 2016 18:29 #3370 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Ouch that looks very bad!
At Pala-U area the Pala-U river was still flowing, and we did see water in the Pranburi river, but it seemed low.
Not sure how the water levels there compare to previous years.

Let's hope the rain season hits early and hard this year.

It makes me wonder where the water at the camp grounds comes from...

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
17 Jan 2016 18:37 #3371 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
This is really very very bad!. I think the global warming is escalating more and more now.. I was speechless when I saw the eastern mountain forests along the road to Erawan Waterfalls just a week ago, they were completely dry, colorless, it looked like the whole forest was dead. :'(

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
21 Jan 2016 19:57 #3382 by Geoff Potter
Geoff Potter replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Oddly enough I just got back from KKC and after a nights torrential rain stream 3 is running again and the dam at KM 18 is full.
It was also pretty humid and the forest floor was soaked, at least the mud allowed me to see fresh Gaur tracks at KM 15
The following user(s) said Thank You: rushenb

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
21 Jan 2016 20:06 #3383 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Thanks for the good news!. Last couple of weeks there has been some rain in Bangkok area. This morning we had another nice shower and I know there has been some rain in Khao Yai too. Let's hope it continues a while.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
18 Feb 2016 09:18 #3436 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: K Krachan drying out

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
28 Feb 2016 20:46 - 28 Feb 2016 20:47 #3451 by Paul TW
Paul TW replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
The Pran has now stopped flowing all together - all the way down to the "new" camp site. KM 18 birding spot, the check dam, stream 3 and stream 1 are completely dry, stream 2 still has a large puddle in it (for the next couple of days?).

Theres sign of elephant moving up the road all the way to 21 - presumably taking routes to alternative vallies or ultimately to the Mae Nam Phet Valley (?). I wonder if theres ever been a dry season like this in recent history? Presumably so, but not in my own short memory. Lets hope it abates soon but I noticed the Thai Met Office is forecasting an extended drought nationwide.

These are strange times.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
28 Feb 2016 23:03 #3452 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
After a very stressful day we moved to Kaeng Krachan Town, unboxed most stuff. So tired, I thought it is time to sit and relax, continue the work tomorrow. While reading the mails, I see the email alert about this thread.. Quite a depressive reading.. :(

... and the hot season has just started. :(

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
29 Feb 2016 12:31 #3453 by bootly66
bootly66 replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
sorry a little off topic, but i was at KK last week and had a startled mammal bolt away from the water hole at stream 3.. I have no idea what it was. It looked and ran like what i could only describe as an over sized rabbit without the ears... Any ideas??

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
29 Feb 2016 14:45 #3454 by Paul TW
Paul TW replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
I have seen mouse deer there a number of times

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
29 Feb 2016 20:22 #3455 by bootly66
bootly66 replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Thanks, but defo not a mouse deer.. a little bit bigger than that.. looked like it had no neck like a beaver, but was really fast and sort of hopped/ bounded.. I really have no idea..

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
01 Mar 2016 17:53 #3463 by Geoff Potter
Geoff Potter replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Yellow Throated Martin? Lots of those about.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
01 Mar 2016 22:19 #3464 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Yellow-throated Martens indeed hop almost rabbit-like.
Other option, though, not moving rabbit-like might be Crab-eating Mongoose, they are common in the river beds too.
Burmese Hare seems to stick to open areas, I haven't seen this species in KK yet.
The following user(s) said Thank You: bootly66

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
01 Mar 2016 22:21 - 01 Mar 2016 22:24 #3465 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Or who knows one of the Bamboo Rat species. Not commonly seen, at least in my experience. I might have only seen it once, and even that sighting I am not 100% sure about.

And let's add one other contender in the small-mammal-category: the Brush-tailed Porcupine, though not sure if they are sometimes active in daytime.
The following user(s) said Thank You: bootly66

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
02 Mar 2016 05:59 #3466 by bootly66
bootly66 replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
ah yes... I think it must have been a Crab-eating mongoose by looking at pics, but it definitely took off fast and seemed to buck as it ran... cheers guys

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
09 Mar 2016 17:08 #3502 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Hi all,

Some good news from Kaeng Krachan; yesterday afternoon we got some rain. It started with a bit light rain for about 5-7 minutes, soon after we got a proper rainy-season style shower which continued for half hour or so. I am pretty sure more of the vegetation is blessed for another 3-4 weeks. I am though not sure how much of the park got that rain! Back at Ban Krang I met P'Pong, you can imagine the extra smile on his face! :)

Cheers,
Rushen

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
10 Mar 2016 08:03 - 10 Mar 2016 13:15 #3505 by Paul TW
Paul TW replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Excellent news Rushen! BKK has also been getting much more humid this past week.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
18 Mar 2016 14:24 #3543 by Paul TW
Paul TW replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
I just saw on the news theres a big forest fire in KK - and they were discussing the theory that it was set by local hunters.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
18 Mar 2016 15:08 #3544 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Humm.. That is very bad news!.. And so typical to blame "local hunters", what, hunters sets fire on their hunting habitat??

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
18 Mar 2016 15:19 #3546 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Conflicting news.. One website says 15,000 rai, but most others updated today says 1000 rai..

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
18 Mar 2016 18:44 #3547 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Bangkok Post reports that the fire is under control;

www.bangkokpost.com/news/environment/902...k-fire-under-control

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
19 Mar 2016 03:35 - 19 Mar 2016 03:38 #3548 by Mi Ke
Mi Ke replied the topic: K Krachan drying out

rushenb wrote: hunters sets fire on their hunting habitat??


Not always, but very often.

Sometimes intentionally, to get animals/birds out - to shoot, or to get trapped in.
Sometimes occasionally, just a forgotten fire.
Sometimes as a "joke" by drunken troublemaker.

Intentional fire is not always the worst.

Such fires are one of the most disgusting and harmful side effects of poaching.
The following user(s) said Thank You: rushenb

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
19 Mar 2016 08:11 #3549 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Hi Mi Ke,

Yes. A friend told me similar things. Very disgusting.

Thanks,

Rushen

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
19 Mar 2016 17:53 #3552 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
More update on the forest fire;

We met Ranger Thun (Ranger Thon's twin) in the Kaeng Krachan Market today. He said the fire is under control, but that around 10,000 rai has burned out.

Right now I see dark clouds moving from northern parts of the park towards Kaeng Krachan town, and perhaps a bit south too.. Fingers crossed for more rain...

Cheers,

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
20 Mar 2016 08:26 #3553 by Paul TW
Paul TW replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
We are just back from a trip to the Krom Kid Valley in KK (adjacent watershed valley to the Pran) - first time ever its been known to dry out according to the Rangers. Lets hope for rain.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
20 Mar 2016 09:25 #3554 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
So the Khomkrit river also stopped flowing now?

Clouds were building up yesterday, at least outside the park, let's hope this will eventually bring rain in the mountains.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
20 Mar 2016 17:55 - 20 Mar 2016 18:08 #3555 by Paul TW
Paul TW replied the topic: K Krachan drying out

onflipflops wrote: So the Khomkrit river also stopped flowing now?


Yes. We found a few small pools up the valley which were being fed by a remnant underground flow, but other than its completely dry.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
21 Mar 2016 17:56 #3564 by Robby L
Robby L replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
In the BKK Post this afternoon

Fires still raging in Kaeng Krachan National Park

www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/905324/...rachan-national-park

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More
22 Mar 2016 11:35 #3568 by rushenb
rushenb replied the topic: K Krachan drying out
Hi all,

With the very limited budget we have, we could only contribute around 2600 Baht, we bought number of fish cans, rice, noodles, energy drinks, water, 3 in one instant coffee & chocolate sticks and few other things. We though the "fire station" was just around the corner from Kaeng Krachan Town, but after asking number of people we found ourselves perhaps 22-25 km north from the town somewhere, I think it could be a ranger station. There were a lot of rangers/soldiers preparing to head to Pala-u area. We quickly wanted to leave things and head-back, but "forced" (!) to take some photo, some of people taking photo seemed to be from press.

Anyone want to contribute, they told us we could leave things at Pala-u area too.





Attachments:

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

More