I thought you may be interested to see the types of habitat the birds in my previous Thai post were seen in.
The view from our hotel room was typical of the grounds and Chinese Pond Heron, Common Tailorbird, Brown Throated Sunbird, Spotted Dove & Coppersmith Barbet were regularly seen from this vantage point.
The only pool was a place where Black Naped Oriole came into the palms daily, Common Myna were scavenging for food and the only time I saw the lovely pair of Orange Bellied Flowerpeckers were seen low in the vegetation surround the sunbeds.
We like to walk away from the crowds to often find places like this where above our heads Chestnut Headed Bee-eaters, Brahminy Kite, Ashy Drongo were seen all the time. The lower bird life was dominated by Bulbuls, Yellow Vented and Streak Eared being in the largest numbers.
This open scrubland was right next to our hotel, in fact you can see on the left the roofs of some other hotel chalets. Here nervy White fronted Kingfishers thrived, I saw 4 at one time. More Ashy Drongo and a 5 minute spell with a lovely life tick, a Grey headed Pygmy Woodpecker was spent. Also here we saw two Thai gentlemen one under a tree and the other away from the tree near his car with a small cage at the ready and a large golf club to hand!! I never asked them what they were after as I am sure a belt around the head from the 3 wood would have followed. I think and hope they never caught anything.
This section adjacent to the beach 5 minutes from the front of our hotel had a pair (true pair? not sure) of Collared Kingfishers and the tall trees had Common Iora, Vernal hanging Parrots and not forgetting Pacific Swallows filling the air above the trees.
I had my first ever guided day birding in Thailand, this was with Ike Suriwong a knowledgeable chap from Phuket about 90 minutes from the resort I was stopping in.
We started out at Sri Phang Nga National Park with the aim of seeing and hopefully photographing Banded Pitta and Chestnut Headed Forktail.
Straight away upon arrival in the car park to sign in we saw Forest Wagtail, Black Crested Bulbul, Grey Bellied Bulbul, Chestnut Bellied Malkhoa, Blythe’s Hawk Eagle and loads more! We moved onto the second stop point to prepare t move to the main target bird ‘stakeouts’ here, Black-and-yellow Broadbill, Orange-breasted Trogon were seen high in the trees, Naked Hornbills called in the distance. Wow what a place and we had not even got to the hide location.
Above a much darker view from the Banded Pitta location and much harder to photograph in too, for the first time ever I used flash to get the photos as you have seen. Here Abbotts Babbler, White Rumped Sharma and Siberian Blue robin were seen too, WOW again!