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?
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.
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.
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.
By the way here's a picture of a raptor that visited my water hole today in KKC
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.