× 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 in November

3 years 7 months ago - 3 years 7 months ago #2538 by Paul T
As November marks the end of what I like to call "the bug season" in Central Thailand I had a few extended weekends in Kaeng Krachan to make the most of it before the insect lull starts.

As soon as the dry weather arrives diurnal arthropods become much much harder to find/spot with a few exceptions (spiders and certain butterflies in particular). So I had a few long weekends at Baan Krang to explore KM 16-18 on my own and see what I could come up with. Indeed the 3rd weekend was already bug free as the cool/dry season had taken hold in the forest already. But even so the forest was a delight and camping weather was perfect and I swung in my hammock nightly dreaming the eternal dream "...if only the weather in Thailand was like this all the time...", But then it would not be Thailand would it? By the 3rd weekend the winter camping crowds had started to arrive and my dream was over - crowds/noise and the forest are not a good mix for me so it will be mid week for my own camping forays until the humidity starts to pick up again.

My change over to Canon for macro has been interesting and I got some solid time to practice with the gear on the trip but am still refining my lighting setup which I hope to have sorted before long. All the pictures are with the Canon 5DM3 and USM 100 or MPE 65. With my mixed lighting, I have noticed the Canon's white balance gives me issues where the Nikon's handled it in their stride. When I get more used to the Canon I will write something about the differences between the two brands for macro - there are some surprises, good and bad on both sides.

Here are some of the highlights of my sightings:

A cute Jumping Spider:


My first time seeing an adult Tropidomantis tenera


Hamadruas-sp Lynx Spider with prey
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3 years 7 months ago #2539 by Paul T
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The "masked hunter" Assassin bug one of the forest champions of camoflague



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3 years 7 months ago - 3 years 7 months ago #2540 by Paul T
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I very rarely see snakes (but in honesty ... I don't know anything about how or where to look for them) - this one was very small and asleep in a bush until I noisily woke him/her up. I was hoping I was going to see the tongue come out but it never did before it took off into the trees.

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3 years 7 months ago - 3 years 7 months ago #2541 by Paul T
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A Dolomedes spider with egg sac.


A planthopper nymph of somekind
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3 years 7 months ago - 3 years 6 months ago #2542 by Paul T
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A giraffe weevil (Attelabidae)


A well worn Sesiidae or clearwing moth Erebidae/Arctiinae/Syntomini (thanks to Les for ID correction)
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3 years 7 months ago #2543 by Paul T
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And on my very last day this was the ONLY thing I saw, so I photographed it a lot :+)

Mating Pyrrhocoridaes (I think?)







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