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Swimming and Birding in Amphoe Khlong Thom/ Thailand

DamadrosselSuddenly there is something beautifully bright orange in front of me in the bamboo thicket. It’s the Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina). What a beauty! I hadn’t expected that at bird all. The Orange-headed Thrush can be found in India, in the Himalayan region to southern China, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand and Indochina and on some islands in Southeast Asia. Dense forests and bamboo thickets are preferred. The Orange-headed Thrush has a stocky body, the back of the male is blue-gray (shown in the image of the blog), the female is brownish. The Orange-headed Thrushes are very shy birds that live in pairs mostly on the ground.

But the reason to come to Khao Pra Bang Khram Park is the opportunity to discover the very rare Gurney’s Pitta (Pitta gurneyi). Otherwise this Pitta occurs only in a few lowland rainforests in Myanmar and Thailand. Thus, the early morning of a birding trip was reserved to this rare Pitta species. As promised, Yotin, my guide, stand right in front of the open dining room of a small guesthouse, the Morakot Resort, at 6:30 am. With his pick-up, we will also be able to master difficult routes. Unfortunately we are not successful that morning with this rare pitta.

Then we drive to the actual park, the Khao Pra Bang Khram Park, to look for another type of Pitta. For most people, Gurney’s Pitta is the number one reason to visit KNC, and most people end up getting good sightings on one of the trails after internalizing the call of the Pitta. The equally beautiful Banded Pitta (Pitta guajana) is often seen Continue reading Swimming and Birding in Amphoe Khlong Thom/ Thailand