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2 years 6 months ago - 2 years 6 months ago #3647 by Geoff Potter
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Hi all,

In an area of KKC that I frequently place my hide to wait for birds I discovered a patch of cleared earth that I have never come across before. It is about 5x4 meters in size and completely reduced to bare earth with only stubs of remaining plants remaining, its not pigs as there are no signs of deep digging into the soil but there are what appear to be hoof prints, quite large too.

I have noticed an increase in Gaur activity here and have spotted them twice, or more accurately they spotted me. Could it be them?

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Geoff

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2 years 6 months ago - 2 years 6 months ago #3648 by WT admin
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Geoff,

we found a similar sounding area a few weeks ago just off the KM 1x trail. The area was devoid of vegetation and a bit of a "dust bowl". Our counterpart was with us (most experienced DNP staff I have ever come across) and he identified it as sambar activity straight away. That could be your culprit.

I haven't been to KK for a few weeks now - I need to get back there! Missing the place.

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2 years 6 months ago #3649 by Geoff Potter
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That's the same spot. Never actually see any Sambar though.....

Well I'll be in there tomorrow again, lets see

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2 years 6 months ago #3650 by onflipflops
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Sounds pretty big for Sambar, but I guess it is possible, especially if more of them stayed together.

I have found a smaller clearing somewhere higher up in the park, which was about 1 square metre. Perfectly clean patch of forest floor, not a single dead leaf, but it had one or two droppings, plus the feather of a Grey Peacock-pheasant on it.

Before getting to the spot I heard the Grey Peacock-pheasant calls. Does anyone know if this bird clears a 'dance floor' before showing off to the ladies? I know some bird species do, but don't know if this particular one does the same.

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2 years 6 months ago #3654 by Geoff Potter
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I have never heard of Pheasants doing this other than clearing small areas when feeding however, the Great Argus definitely does it and it only occurs at higher altitudes. Didn't someone get a photo of a tail of this bird from a camera trap? It has not been recorded at KKC for many years and more info on a possible area to stake out would be great.

Geoff

By the way here's a picture of a raptor that visited my water hole today in KKC
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2 years 6 months ago - 2 years 6 months ago #3658 by onflipflops
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Very cool shot!
Is that Crested Goshawk?

Would be interesting to know if the Great Argus is indeed confirmed on camera trap...

Seems like still enough to discover in KK.

Has anyone seen Helmeted Hornbill in KK?
So far I have only seen 4 species of Hornbill in KK: Tickell's Brown, Great, Oriental Pied, and Wreathed hornbill.
Have any of you seen any other species? I have heard Plain-pouched, White-crowned, Helmeted, and possibly Bushy-crested Hornbill might occur, though have never seen anyone post any proof of any of these.

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2 years 6 months ago #3659 by Geoff Potter
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Yep, Crested Goshawk, male. Came in for a drink but after some serious harassment from Drongo's it was forced to swoop down away from the water and landed right in front of me.

The four Hornbills you mentioned are all easily seen in KKC (Wreathed usually flying over) but all the others you mentioned have at one time been spotted. Piak the bird guide says White Crowned was once fairly easy to see, Mongol a bird artist I know remembers seeing Helmeted many years ago and Bushy Crested too. Sadly none of them has been seen for many, many years so they may be gone. Plain pouched has been reported but never confirmed.

Who knows, maybe in the deeper areas of the park beyond the Petchburi river they are still there. I would be up for a trip if we could get permission!

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2 years 6 months ago - 2 years 6 months ago #3660 by onflipflops
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Definitely interesting!
A Phetchaburi valley expedition sounds very interesting, for birds, mammals and reptiles alike. If you ever get permission and need some companion, don't forget to let me know ;-)
Overnight stay down at the river or nearby, would be great (would love to do some night walking down there!).

When I will have some more free time I hope to at least do some more day trips just down to the Phetchaburi and explore trails near the river. That walk back up is a bit of a pain, but well. I did hear that White-crowned has been seen there, though not sure how long ago.
I have added their calls to my phone to verify any unfamiliar hornbill-like calls in case I will hear some.
Will surely report any sighting of any of the other species apart from the 4 common ones.

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