× The Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Uthai Thani and Tak Provinces, Thailand. The sanctuary was established in 1974, and is one of the largest and most important protected wildlife areas in Southeast Asia. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1991. The protected area is home to a diverse range of animals including large mammals, birds, and reptiles. It is Thailand's premier Wildlife research sanctuary.

Huai Kha Khaeng Photos - Dec 2014

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #2629 by wildambience
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Red-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha)



Blue Pitta (Hydrornis cyaneus)



Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus) - December is a good time to see this species displaying in the grassland viewed from the 1st tower



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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #2630 by wildambience
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Hog Badger seen near the campground



Banteng bull seen from first tower



Banteng cow and Green Peafowl (1st Tower)



Hog Deer



Golden Jackal (near campsite)



Dhole seen on road near Khao Hin Daeng trail late afternoon



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3 years 9 months ago #2631 by Paul T
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Fantastic shots!! The two peafowl and the Hog Badger are my favorites Marc.

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3 years 9 months ago #2644 by onflipflops
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I agree with Trekker that both the Peafowl duo and the Hog Badger are great captures. And so is the Blue Pitta; to get a quality shot of pittas usually requires quite some patience. Did you set up a hide?

Also very lucky to see Dholes! In my experience not easily encountered in HKK.
Looks like you had a great time there!

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3 years 9 months ago #2646 by Bagheera
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Fantastic selection of species there and well photographed!
Were the dholes skittish when they saw you?
The poor male Peafowl doesn't seem to be impressing those two females who are looking the other way too much!

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #2648 by wildambience
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onflipflops wrote: And so is the Blue Pitta; to get a quality shot of pittas usually requires quite some patience. Did you set up a hide?


We stumbled upon the Blue Pitta by surprise when driving. Late afternoon it flushed off the road and perched very close to the car long enough to take a series of shots before it disappeared.

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3 years 9 months ago #2649 by wildambience
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Bagheera wrote: Were the dholes skittish when they saw you?


The Dhole actually seemed quite curious. We drove past what I thought was a Muntjac off to the side of the road near a stand of bamboo, until I saw the tail and realized what it was. We stopped the car further along the road and by then the Dhole had run out onto the road and started trotting toward us, sniffing the air. Then another two joined it & all three stood on the road long enough for a few quick shots (none of which turned out great as my shutter speed was set too slow), then they disappeared.

It was my first encounter with them and I was actually surprised by their size, larger than I expected. I guess the height must be similar to a Jackal but the seem more muscular.

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3 years 9 months ago #2651 by onflipflops
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Lucky with the Pitta then!
And even more lucky with the Dholes.
Sounds like a great encounter, and even better since it was a lifer for you!

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