Done the South so now a start on the North

23 Jan 2017 17:09 #4211 by Paul T
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Sounds like a great trip Robby - have a fantastic time!!

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18 Mar 2017 20:24 #4308 by Robby L
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Back now after a great trip and still sorting out reports and photos.

First off:



Gave Thaksin Maharat N P a miss and went straight to Mae Ngao NP which is the same forest and north of Mae Moei NP. At the gate we were told no charge and camp anywhere, camp ground is along the river which gives the park its name, toilets are nothing flash but servisable.



Part of the camp ground

Next morning I had a wander round till Ying got ready to go exploring (driving) up some of the roads that lead into the interior. These roads are mostly rough dirt roads and some go up to 20km up the hills. The whole place is populated with hill tribe villages with a lot of the hillsides cleared for agriculture which means there is not a lot of the original forest left, what there is is mostly teak and other disideous trees with a bit of evergreen forest in some of the gullies.

We went to the end of the first road to a village then had a go at the second road which was very rough and not worth the effort, the third road led to another village where a woman was weaving. Ying lept out to have a look while I turned around, woman being what they are she ended up buying hand woven cloth and shirts so that’s why she brought an empty bag.



Part of the weaving village



Weaving

On the way back down the bird of the day posed beautifully for photos, a not often seen White-rumped Falconet. Most of the other birds seen were round the camping ground particularly on two flowering trees.



Female White-rumped Falconet

Next 2 mornings there was a heavy fog which made looking for birds difficult but I still managed to get a few photos.

An interesting first stop that has little original forest left what there is is mostly Teak and other dry disideous species, sad to see so much burnt and in agriculture, the term I think is modified but destroyed would be closer to the truth. Many of the people there live in very remote places in small villages, some have motorbikes some do not, they have their own language and only the young ones who have been to school speak Thai. There are some solar panels and satalite TV dishes in places but otherwise no power or gas with cooking done on wood fires. We were told that it is the girls who must propose marriage and they are the ones to pay Sin sod, one lady with 3 sons said it was great for boys are profit.



Hill Myna

I suspect these people will gradually move out of the forests as the old ones die off and the young see the outside world and no longer want to do the backbreaking work of farming the steep hilsides this will take a generation or two and there will still be the odd ones hanging on but the forests will then be able to start regenerating.

Birds.

White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Greater Flameback
White-rumped Falconet
Black-caped kingfisher
White-throated Kingfisher
Indian Rollar
Hill Myna
Black-crested Bulbul
Chestnut –headed Bee Eater
Greater-necklaced Laughingthrush
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Green Leafbird
Ashy Drongo
Chestnut-tailed Starling
Olive-backed Pipit
Long-tailed Shrike

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19 Mar 2017 19:08 #4310 by Robby L
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Next on the list was a visit to Yings friend but after about 20KM up a rough roag the road was blocked by a gang building a new bridge so it was turn around and head for :

Nam Tok Mae Surin NP

Although it the same park I will separate the waterfall area from the HQ area for they are about 100km apart by road.
Waterfall.

Arrived just on dark and set up the tent, will fnish the rest of the camp in the morning.



After setting up the camp I had a wander round the camp ground which is quite spacious and empty other than us, I then had a look at the waterfall from the lookouts and round the camp ground although there is only a small area there were plenty of birds about. Barbets were calling constantly all day and Gibbons joined the chorus. I read somewhere that the presence of Gibbons signifies a healthy forest and the number of birds here would also indicate that. The forest is mostly evergreen with some Teak higher up the hills.



Blue-throated Barbet

This is a place that should be on birders itinerary for there are many species without crowds of people. There are many more species here than I recorded for I missed lots of Photo opportunities and got several poor shots that I could not ID. Birds were mostly round the camp ground and around the waterfall lookouts.



White-headed Bulbul

We only paid for the nights camping and entry for the car, no charge per person. No power at the camp area or toilets, there is a generator sitting behind what has been a restaurant but it seems that it as well as the restaurant and shop buildings are only used for a couple of weeks in November when the sunflower fields at Bua Tong are in bloom for it is then that crowds come to see the flowers and many stay overnight at the camp ground. There are houses for rent and people stayed in one on the second night we were there. Dogs are present so food must be secured.



White's Thrush


Birds
Bronzed Drongo
Ashy Drongo
Lomg-tailed Shrike
Scarlet Minivet
White-headed Bulbul
Black Bulbul
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Black-crested Bulbul
Asian-fairy Bluebird
Asian-brown Flycatcher
Blue-throated Barbet
Blue-winged Leafbird
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
Chestnut-flanked White Eye
Eurasian Jay
Grey-backed Shrile
Long-tailed Broadbill
Mrs Goulds Sunbird
Oriental White Eye
Slaty-backed Flycatcher
White’s Thrush
Verditer Flycatcher
Red-throated Pipit



Headquarters area.

Again no charge for entry only paid for the nights camping and car entry, good camping area close to a river and toilets with mains power and lights at night, houses for rent but didn’t ask price.



Female Scarlet Minivet

Not a huge area to explore but lots of bird calls on a short loop road that runs past a nursery area and a rough road up to a dam that holds big fish and several people trying to catch them. There is another rough road which starts at the beginning of the dam road and leads up the river to agricultural land.
Most of the birds seen were around the loop road and up the gully on the far side of the dam. There is a walking track that goes round the dam and tracks up the gully, some pig sign up there and also a pack of dogs.



Asian Barred Owlet

I had read of a nature trail at Mae Sareng 17km south of the HQ where there were said to be lots of birds, after having to pay 200b to walk the trail I found the bit about plenty of birdlife to be a fiction and a waste of 200b. I did continue to drive up the road that passes that trail but saw very little.
Friendly staff who gave us far to many vegitables which they grow themselves, mains power with lights on at night and charging points for batteries, there are some dogs but they gave us no trouble. A nice place to stay close to Mae Hong Son for fuel and anything else that’s needed and coupled with the waterfall to the south a great park for birds.



Male Purple Sunbird

Birds

Blue-winged Leafbird
Golden-fronted Leafbird
White-bellied Woodpecker
Black-headed Woodpecker
Asian-barred Owlet
Common Flameback
Hill Myna
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Bronzed Drongo
Spangled Drongo
Collared Falconet
Coppersmith Barbet
Liniated Barbet
Common Kingfisher
Grey-headed Parakeet
Pied Bushchat
Thick-billed Green Pigeon
White-crested laughingthrush
Purple Sunbird
Blue Rock Thrush
Little (striated) heron
Little-green Bee Eater
Spotted Dove

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20 Mar 2017 16:28 #4313 by Paul T
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Great reports and insights as usual Robby.

I wondered if anyone knew of any books or papers on the modernization of the Hill Tribes? It seems a culture destined to pass - sadly - but what worries me more is as they move to market (rather than sufficiency) farming, which is already happening because they too have a right to development and betterment. Can they survive without hunting and tree clearing? My opinion has always been a negative but I would like to read up on it.

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21 Mar 2017 11:58 #4316 by Robby L
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Hi Paul

Google "modernization of Thailand Hill Tribes" and you will get a whole string of stuff which I have not read.

From what I have seen unless the roads are improved greatly the more remote villages will start to decline as the young people see the outside world and the opportunities for what they see as a better life. With the roads as they are it is difficult and in some cases impossible to get produce to markets. Those closer to towns or main roads will continue to live on their land and change to market crops that give them a better income, in those situations it is possible that they will farther encroach on forests.
I saw this at Huai Mae Dee where although they have changed to growing strawberries and other high value crops they still grow corn on the hills right up to the tree line then they burn the stubble with the fire spreading into the forest. They then clear a couple of meters farther up the hill for the next crop, creeping encroachment.

In Doi Phu Hom Pok which I will come to later Ying had a good talk to some of the locals who told her that in one village on the steep hillsides there were once 40 families living in that village now there are 14 which is an example of the young people moving out as the old people die off. And this was on a good concrete access road, so on bad roads with in many instances no access in the wet where the people live a subsistence lifestyle in bamboo thatched roof houses this is probably what will happen.

Robby

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22 Mar 2017 13:27 #4320 by Robby L
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300 Baht entry which is a bit steep but we ended up staying 6 nights so not to bad, spacious terraced camp grounds with good toilets but very windy up there at 1700m above sea level, we set up camp in a sort of sheltered place close to toilets and I did the usual wander round to get to know the place getting a few photos. After a windy and cold night, down to 11c with the wind chill making it feel closer to freezing, dressed for the cold I went round the camp grounds getting some good photos.



Spectacled barwing

Once Ying had got out of her warm bed we went for a drive up the road that heads to into the interior of the park and to villages and a watershed conservation area, this is another Royal project things we see everywhere we go and in the most remote places. There are houses for rent there that must be booked in advance and a camp ground which at close to 2000m above sea level must qualify for one of the highest camp ground in the country, the place looks really good and we decided to head up there to camp for 2 or 3 nights.



Walking down the road one evening.

Many good birds around the HQ camp and toilets and a sala across the other side of the road from our tent, birds would come in the morning to feed on the insects attracted to the lights at night and still there in the morning. There are dogs a cat and buffalo wandering around at night so once again food security is important. We were told that the late King donated a pair of buffalo to the park about 40 years ago and they have now bred up to a herd of around 30 which has turned semi nocturnal and sometimes wanders into the camp area at night making a pest of themselves, at least one has a bell attached probably one of the original pair. Doubt they were from wild stock but it is possible as there would have been wild herds in several places back then.



Verditar Flycatcher.

Headquarters and visitor center are just down from the camp ground, this is where nice looking rent houses are, there is also a firebreak road in the left about a KM up the road which we drove along for about a KM, all these places are worth a look for birds.



This little fella kept following me around, Grey Bushchat.


After 3 nights we packed up camp and went 18km up a not to bad road to Doi Sam Muan camp ground, second gear most of the way with first needed in places, 4WD would be required in the wet but not when we went. Set up camp just before a mob of kids from the school down the road turned up to play football, seems we were on their football ground.




The camp Ground is sheltered from the wind and below are 3 rent houses which must be booked in advance, there is also a meeting room and small museum which unfortunately has not been well maintained. The project was set up by the late King 40 years ago as part of an iniciative to get the farmers off growing poppies which were at the time the main crop in the area. A bird survey was done there 18-19 years ago and a list of 128 species recorded is posted in the meuseum along with some photos. There was a flock of small birds roosting in the trees by the camp ground the only one I managed to get a photo of was a Great Tit, there is another large tree with some bare branches that I saw several species stopping at in the morning and a gully down the road at a small shop that sells food and snacks that holds small birds in the evening.



Grey-backed Shrike

General

This park with the 2 camp grounds with good accommodation at both should be a must on any birding itinerary to the north for there are many species that are easy to observe. The corn stubble up high is ideal habitat for wintering Buntings and others and I saw 3 species, Mrs Humes Pheasent is present, I had a female fly past my head and disappear into the scrub but no photos.



The road to Doi Sam Muan continues on round the back of Chiang Dao with birding all the way. We will return.



Birds HQ area.


Grey Bushchat
Hoopoe
Spectacled Bar-wing
Red-eared bulbul
Flavescent Bulbul
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Large-billed Crow
Sotty-headed Bulbul
Grey-backed Shrike
Scarlet Minivet
Long-tailed minivet
Blue Rock Thrush
Oriental White Eye
Asian-brown Flycatcher
Grey-backed Shrike
Magpie Robin
Dark-backed Sibia
Common Rosefinch

Birds Doi Sam Muan.

Mountain Bulbul
Flavescent Bulbul
Red-eared Bulbul
Verditer Flycatcher
Great Tit
Silver-eared Mesia
Maroon Oriole
Ashy Wood Swallow
Ashy Drongo
Blue-bearded Bee Eater
Blue Rock Thrush
Burmese Shrike
Chestnut Bunting
Eastern Stonechat
Eyebrowed Thrush
Grey-backed Shrike
Grey Bushchat
Grey-headed Woodpecker
Long-tailed Minivet
Long-tailed Shrike
Magpie Robin
Olive-backed Pipit
Oriental-turtle Dove
Pied Bushchat
Red Jungle Fowl
Short-billed Minivet
Siberian-blue Robin
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Oriental White Eye
Yellow-breasted Bunting
Grey-eyed Bulbul
Comon Rosefinch

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23 Mar 2017 10:33 #4321 by Robby L
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We Continued up the road from Doi Sam Muan which led round the back of Chaing Dao and arrived at the headquarters to be told there was no camp ground there but we could camp at a grassy place outside the Temple and use the temple toilets, I wanted to get the use of power to charge my lap top battery so we decided to bunk up at one of the many places with rooms for rent, first we tried Malee’s which is mentioned on several web sites but she wanted 800B for a room for the night which is somewhat out of our budget range so we looked around and ended up in a basic room with outside toilet and the luxury of a hot water shower at this place for 250B.



In what was left of the afternoon I went up to the temple and walked, climbed, up the 500 plus steps to the monks quarters but failed to see any of the birds that I had read were there. Next morning I drove up to what is called the check point trail which leads up a stream, not a great deal of birdlife about but did get a photo of a White-crowned Forktail which made the walk worthwhile.



Taica Flycatcher

On getting back to where we stayed I decided to pack up what little we had unloaded and head up to Den Ya Kat camp ground which is a high level ranger station. A permit is needed for this trip which is 18KM over a quite rough road, we got there without having to use 4WD but in the wet it would probably be impassable.



Large Cuckooshrike

Set up camp in a good size camp ground with just adequate Thai style toilets and had a wander up a new firebreak past a small lake seeing a few birds but not getting many photos. Next morning I went a fair way up what is called the sumit trail seeing more people than birds for it is a track that, as the name suggests, leads to the summit with camps in between and is popular with those wanting to climb a mountain.



Large Hawk Cuckoo.

Next day it was up the firebreaks again up as far as they had been cut getting photos of a male Mrs Humes Phesant which is one of the iconic birds of the area, unfortunately missed a photo of the female which I saw at the same time it saw me. I headed down just as the clearing gang arrived and hung around the small lake or large pond where the newly cut firebreak starts, there are two more smaller ponds up a gully above the lake this is where the water supply comes from and I went up there several time and got photos of different birds every time. There are also water tanks at the bottom corner of the lake one of which is overflowing and this is where some birds were going to bathe.



Male Mrs Hume's Pheasant.

General

Power is by solar arey with lights in the toilets and staff are friendly so should be no problem to get batteries charged. Anyone wishing to go up there should note that it will be closed at the end of March to open again in November this is because of the fire risk and then the wet season. There were gangs there cutting and clearing the firebreaks in preparation for the fire season

Birds Tempel and check point trail

White crowned forktail
Grey Wagtail
White-rumped Sharma
Black-crested Bulbul
Taica Flycatcher
Sooty-headed Bulbul

Birds Den Ya Kat

Large Hawk Cuckoo
Mountain Imperial Pigeon
Ashy Drongo
Bronzed Drongo
Burmese Shrike
Great Tit
Greater Flameback
Greater Yellownape
Grey-headed Parotbill
Hoopoe
Large Cuckooshrike
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Long-tailed Broadbill
Orange-bellied Leafbird
Maroon Oriole
Mrs Humes Pheasent
Oriental Turtle Dove
Streaked Spiderhunter
Stripe-breasted Woodpecker
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Verditer Flycatcher
Yellow-breasted Bunting

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25 Mar 2017 07:58 #4325 by Paul T
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I have never heard of many of these places - I need to get out more :+)

Sweet photos!

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25 Mar 2017 13:30 #4327 by Robby L
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Doi Ang Khang

This is not a national park but none the less is a known bird spot and well worth a visit.



Striated Swallows

After stocking up at Chaing Dao and missing out Pha Deang NP because there was a large group of school kids filling up the camp ground we arrived fairly late and had a look at the camping grounds and the army camp then had a feed at one of the restaurants at the King Project where there were Striated Swallows roosting in a building across the road from the King Project gate. We then put up the tent at the camp ground with the intention of moving in the morning for the toilets had no running water and no power.



In the morning we packed up early and set up our tent and camp at the army camp where camping is free, they have good toilets which unfortunately are also lacking running water, there is power for charging batteries at the coffee and drinks shop.
I then went for a walk down what is called the ridge trail which starts 300m beyond the 21KM mark up the road from the army camp seeing some good birds and getting good photos of 2 new species.



Brown-breasted Bulbul

Next morning we had planned to go up to a lookout point then walk up a trail along a high ridge, this proved to be a bit of a waste of time as there were very few birds to be seen and even less that I could get a photo of.

We then went for a drive up the road to the Burma border and to several villages where the main crop is strawberrys with flowers and vegetables grown as well. Back to camp for lunch then I had a look at what is called the Mae Phur Valley Trail which follows a stream down to where a wide firebreak has been cut up a ridge I climbed a little way up this firebreak and saw more birds than I had seen walking down the trail.



Burmese Shrike


On the morning before we left I went back to the 21km trail and walked down a branch that goes to the right, it goes through thick forest then sidles round a steep face. There is also a branch to the right off this track which probably leads to a ridge and high point but as we had to pack up and leave I did not attempt it. On the way back the sun was behind me so gave a better look at things, in a small gap in the forest I saw several small birds and a small flock of laughingthrush but the only birds that would stay still long enough for photos were Grey-cheeked Fulvetta and a Specticaled Barwing. Farther back on the main trail there is a small patch of grass and birds were all around so I didn’t know which way to look but I was fortunate to get some photos of Silver-eared Mesia, and Scarlet-faced Liocichla a bird I had hoped to see but up this time had missed out on, but for some strange reason all the photos I took that morning are not on the camera card, a big disappointment.



Rufous-backed Sibia

General

There are several resorts in the area as well as some houses to rent, mains power everywhere and shops and resteraunts although the prices are high compared to in town. A travelling shop goes round every day stopping at the army base it has frest meat, fish and vegies so no need to take much food if you are doing your own cooking. The 21.3 Km trail was by far the best place I went.

Birds

Striated Swallow
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Mrs Goulds Sunbird
Brown Shrike
Brown-breasted bulbul
Red-eared Bulbul
Ashy Drongo
Asian-brown Flycatcher
Blyth’s Shrike Babbler
Bronzed Drongo
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
Chestnut Bunting
Dark-backed Sibia
Flavescent Bulbul
Great Tit
Grey Bushchat
Long-tailed Shrike
Mountain Bulbul
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Verditer Flycatcher
Rufous-backed Sibia

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14 Apr 2017 10:37 #4347 by Robby L
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Doi Pha Hom Pok national park



After refeuling and stocking up at Fang we set up camp at Fang Hot Springs where there are 4 spacious camp grounds with good toilets but only cold water showers, we set up camp in camp ground D beside a small lake and I went for a short explore up the water supply pipeline.
Next morning we drove up what is the west side road to the Burma border stopping at several place where we saw birds, being a Sunday there were a lot of people about mainly looking for birds, not a lot of photos that day but learnt a bit about the place, knowledge that was put to good use the next 2 days when I went up again.

It takes about an hour to drive up as far as you are allowed to go from either Fang township or the hot springs. The first part of the road goes through villages and fields of onions and garlic then through orange orchards then once past national park sign steeply up ito the forest till a ridge top is reached where the forest changes to pines and roadside scrub. This is where the majority of the birding is done particularly in the area around this sign.



There are several places where someone has been ignoring the sign and feeding birds, each place seems to have a specialty group of birds and I spent most of my time at 3 of those places where I got most of my photos.



Spot-breasted Parrotbill

General

There are hot pools where you can go to bathe both outside and private in small huts, several good looking houses for rent with air con and a place popular with locals and kids where they can play in the water of a stream. In the hot spring area there is a guyser that spouts about every half hour and a pool where it is possible to boil eggs, little ratten bskets are sold in local shops to put the eggs in. Restaurant and shop on site as well as an informative visitor center, all signs are in Thai and good English. Entry fee is 300 B but this covers the whole park which includes the next 2 places where we intend to camp, a worthwhile place to visit from a bird point of view or just to wander around a well kept park.



Birds Hot springs and west side of road

Silver-eared Laughingthrush
White-browed Laughingthrush
Black-crested Bulbul
Chestnut-capped Babbler
Dark-backed Sibia
Flavescent Bulbul
Gient Nuthatch
Great Tit
Greater Cowcal
Grey Bushchat
Hill Prinia
Hill-blue Flycatcher
Little Cuckoo Dove
Little Pied Flycatcher
Long-tailed Shrike
Oriental White-eye
Raddes Warbler
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
Siberian Ruby-throat
Slaty-blue Flycatcher
Spot-breasted Parrotbill
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon
White-bellied Redstart
White-gorgeted Flycatcher
Yellow-browed Warbler



White-browed Laughingthrush

Keiw Lom



Fueled and stocked up again in Fang before heading up to this camp ground which claims to be the highest in Thailand but Doi Muan would be slightly higher. We set up the tent in one of the 3 large camp grounds, lots of birds around the camp ground including a Nuthatch bouncing around on the pine trees, this turned out to be a Chestnut-vented Nuthatch a bird I haven’t seen before, after getting some photos I headed up to explore towards the summit of what is the second highest mountain in Thailand which I intended to climb next day. It was calm when we set up camp but not long after dark the wind started and continued all night the next day and the next.



Chestnut-vented Nuthatch

Headed up the hill as planned but saw very little bird life, much more around the camp. When I got back down we went for a drive back down the road to a junction that was signposted to lead to what is called the A frames camp ground, this proved to be a good concrete road, a better alternative than the rough road we went up. The A frames camp is apparantely closed but a farther 6KM down the road there are 2 other camp grounds one at this place and the other which is very nicely kept at the Royal residence which is also Ranger station No 4. Ying liked the look of the place and we decided to move there the next day, 4am next morning it started to rain and with the wind driving it horizontally into the camp everything outside the tent got nicely wet. Fortunately it stopped around 9am and we packed up a slightly damp camp and headed down.



Silver-eared Laughingthrush

Birds

Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
Chestnut-headed Bee Eater
Flavesvent Bulbul
Golden-throared Barbet
Great Tit
Grey Wagtail
Hill Prinia
Little-pied Flycatcher
Mountain Bulbul
Olive-backed Pipit
Rufous Treepie
Scarlet Minivet
Silver-eared Laughingthrush
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Warbler

Royal Residence Camp ground



This is 12KM down the road from the junction and has good toilets and a 3 bedroom house with all mad cons, TV, hot water and air con for rent at 2000b per night this must be booked in advance and VIP’s get priority, food can even be cooked for you if you wish. After setting up camp I drove up and down the road a bit to explore and saw a pair of Mountain Bamboo Partridge on the side of the road then farther down feeding on a red flame tree Red-billed Simiatar Babbler, Rufous Treepie and a Maroon Oriole.



Mountain-bamboo Partridge.

Next morning after a slightly windy night we drove back to the flame tree but very little activity this morning. Farther up the road at what is called the Royal Pavilion there were other flame trees and the one of these was very popular with the birds including something I didn’t recognize but after going through the book I identified it as a Spot-winged Grosbeak, there were quite a number of these, mostly female but I did see one male.



Female Spot-winged Crosbeak.

Evening it was back to the other flame tree between the 16 and 17km markers and several other species including Great barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Orange-bellied Leafbird and Little Cuckoo-dove put in an appearance.



Great Barbet.

General

This place would make a great base for anyone wanting to visit the mountain and the east side road, mains power with plenty of battery charging and lights at night. The flame trees and opportunities along the road give a great range of species without having to climb a hill or even leave the vehicle. The road is concrete most of the way except for a couple of KM at the bottom which is in the process of being concreted and although up and down and round about is easy access for even a small car while the other road needs high clearance and in places 4WD. From the junction up to Kiew Lom is also quite easy car access with concrete on the steep bits. If you go there take a tow rope, strop or chain for it is quite possible there may be fallen trees across the road, we encountered 2 which we had to hitch on to and tow out of the way, a machete is also a useful thing to carry.



One of the 2 fallen trees we had to shift.


Birds

Spot-winged Grosbeak
Slender-billed Oriole
Mountain Bamboo Partridge
Ashy Drongo
Ashy Wood Swallow
Roufous Treepie
Maroon Oriole
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Flavescent Bulbul
Great Barbet
Orange-bellied Leafbird
Golden-throated Barbet
Spangled Drongo
Grey Wagtail
Little Cuckoo-Dove
Streaked Spiderhunter
Long-tailed Shrike
Common Rosefinch
Red-headed Bunting
Slaty-backed Forktail
Mrs Goulds Sunbird



Slender-billed Oriole.

Doi Lang

This is the East side of the same road and access is up road 1314 to a check point where ID is required to continue up the hill. We did a day trip up this road from the Royal Residence camp ground to have a look before commiting ourselves to a move to the camp ground. Again very windy at the camp ground and farther up what is quite a rough road. At the top check point we were told we could continue to a lookout point but to go no farther, there is an army camp farther up where we were told visitors are not welcome and that if anyone arrives there the person at the check point will be in trouble and the road is likely to be closed at the check point. Very little bird activity probably because of the wind so we decided not to camp there and stayed at the Royal Residence.

RIP 2018 - Robby will always be remembered for his sharing of his trips and knowledge. Missed by all.
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