× 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.

Kaeng Krachan bio-diversity hot spot

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4 years 1 week ago #2549 by onflipflops
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I stumbled upon the camera trap location a three weeks ago on a KK visit. As far as I know I did not trigger anything, at least not the DSLR's.
Of course I won't add any details, except that I was surprised to find it where it is ;) .
Maybe it's just my lack of knowledge about Tapirs, but that was probably the biggest surprise to know they visit that specific area.
I'm less surprised about the cats visiting there, but still amazing so many species share the same habitat!

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3 years 5 months ago - 3 years 5 months ago #2916 by Paul T
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Well it took a full year for the/a Asian Golden Cat to finally walk in front of a camera again, and we managed to cut her/his legs off, so maybe another year before we get lucky again. This is really a species I would like a good full body photo of. Its proving to be a very elusive felid.


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3 years 5 months ago #2917 by bootly66
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That's an impressive catch .. When was it taken??

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3 years 5 months ago #2918 by onflipflops
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Even without the legs, a fantastic capture!
Elusive indeed. Have spend a lot of time in the jungle, but have yet to see one. One day...
I thought it is primarily a terrestial species, so you would think that with camera traps it should be relatively easy to catch.
BUt apparently it is harder than expected. Probably means low population density? Which raises the question why that is. Maybe competition with the larger cats. Or just naturally a species that has large territories? With the small average leopard territory size known from Kaeng Krachan you would think that a species this size should be able to survive in relatively small areas. Though I just read on wiki that they learned from two radio collared cats that average territory size is quite large. Not sure where the research was done. But it compared to the average female tiger territory size knwon from Thailand.
Quite surprising.
I wonder if the population will increase in a park like e.g. Khao Yai where there is little competition of other big cats. Probably only Clouded Leopard, and those probably focus more on arboreal prey, at least I guess more than the Asian Golden Cat.

Looking at the facial markings and uniform coat coloration of this species, I start to understand the wrongly depicted Flat-headed Cat on the collage of mammals of Kaeng Krachan shown at the Ban Krang camp.

Hopefully you will get some of the other elusive cat species that should occur in the park, like Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat, and Marbled Cat.
Good luck!
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3 years 5 months ago #2919 by Paul T
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Thanks Bootly and Flip-flops

The photo was taken May 10th.

From "all" of our captures of this species theres really only three things that they lead me to assume, even though we have not had enough captures to have any valid theories to be honest. The animals we captured on video and stills seem to have a diurnal preference and b) the animals in our captures don't prefer to walk along the trails - they all have walked across trails and lastly, c) they are active hunters of rats and mice as we have video of them doing this twice. It will be quiet for us now as the rains cause all kinds of issues with the cameras and wetness causes a lot of highlights from the flash making the pic quality poorer.

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3 years 5 months ago #2920 by onflipflops
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I have read that a radio tracking research on these Asian Golden Cats revealed (unexpected) diurnal activity.
Cool that your captures confirm that.
Hope to see one some day.
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1 year 7 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago #4411 by Robby L
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Some observations in KKC 8th to 11th May 2017

While walking the road above the 27.5 parking spot I heard the call of Blue Pitta, there were 2 birds calling one on either side of the road.

At close to the same spot I was standing watching bird movement up a large tree when I heard a noise on the road about 20m away, on looking round I saw a Muntjak that had come down from above the road. We saw each other at the same time and it fled across the road into the trees.

About a minute later another started down the bank from above the road directly behind me and when it became aware of my presence jumped back up the bank and started giving an alarm call. This call which I have never heard before was a true bark unlike the call of Muntjak I have heard in Huai Kha Kheang which is more of a squeal. So which of the 2 species is this M faei or M muntjak?

On the circuit road round the Youth Camp at Ban Chang I saw several Red-bearded Bee-Eaters and in the same tree a pair of Blue-bearded Bee-Eaters. This would have to be about the Northerly range of the Red-bearded and the Southerly range of the Blue-bearded.

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

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1 year 7 months ago #4412 by onflipflops
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I have only seen Fea's Muntjac from about km18 and further in the park. Also near km27 - 28 I have seen them various times. Pretty much 99.9% sure that is what you have seen in that location. Next time look at the tail which is black with white in Fea's Muntjac. but 'red' with white for Red Muntjac. Overall Fea's Muntjac appears darker color, though I have seen very dark Red Muntjacs so that is not the most decisive feature.

Maybe you have never heard a Red Muntjac properly barking, because it sounds like true barking. I have heard both species and apart from guessing based on the location I still don't dare to differentiate the two species based on call, it is highly similar.
I guess the camera trappers on this forum will know a bit more about range of both species, but I can not recall having seen Red Muntjac past km 17 - 18. Maybe Paul can comment if they have camera trapped them significantly further in.
My personal guess (based on my personal sightings) is that where the forest gets more humid and darker, the Fea's Muntjac more or less replaces the Red Muntjac. The Fea's Muntjac are actually not really rare, but it's just that the type of forest makes them not so easily seen compared to the Red Muntjac that does not shy away from more open areas and therefore becomes more visible. However if I compare my hikes in proper forest e.g. in Khao Yai with my hikes at the higher elevation in Kaeng Krachan, seeing red muntjac in proper forest (not near open areas) is equally difficult as seeing Fea's Muntjac in the forest.
And quite often you can see both species in pairs.

And about the bee-eaters.
Indeed both Red-Bearded and Blue-Bearded Bee-eaters are present in KKC. According to the bird books Red-bearded is found further North than KKC.
Blue-Bearded will probably be down to about Prachuap Khiri Khan province. Still interesting though to see both species in the same tree, I haven't seen them together. But both species are not really uncommon in KKC, I would say.

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