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Just back from a 14 night stay in Thailand, 22 February until 7 March 2020. Weather sunny and hot every day with no rain. Around 34 degrees c with real feel at times up to 40 deg c. We were with a non birding couple so, as usual, it was a morning walk for an hour and a half before it got too hot. Otherwise, keeping my bins with me on various trips. I did a full days birding trip with Nature Trails Thailand to Pak Thale Salt Pans to hopefully see Spoon-billed Sandpiper and then on to Kaeng Krachan National Park. I also did a half day (low key) birding trip around Khao Lak with Khao Lak Tour Plan.

Areas birded :-

Bangkok (3 nights). As with most big cities, just seeing what I could, when I could.

Pak Thale Salt Pans. Huge, absolutely huge. Also a good farmland area to the south west.

Kaeng Krachan National Park. In part of the forest at a pool hide.

Hotel Angsana Laguna, north west Phuket (5 nights). Beautiful hotel situated in the middle of a series of lagoons afronting the beach.

Hotel La Vela, Khao Lak (6 nights). Fronting the beach with garden areas, a small river to the side with undeveloped area of scrub, trees and fields.

Laem Pakarang. A coral spit a few miles north of our hotel in Khao Lak. One of the most important birding sites in southern Thailand.

General 'countryside birding' around a few sites in Khao Lak.

Bird List :-

Lesser Whistling-Duck
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Red Junglefowl
Little Grebe
Rock Pigeon
Red Collared-Dove
Spotted Dove
Asian Emerald Dove
Zebra Dove
Large Green-Pigeon
Greater Coucal
Green-billed Malkoha
Asian Koel
Germain's Swiftlet
House Swift
Asian Palm-Swift
Whiskered Treeswift
Eurasian Moorhen
White-breasted Waterhen
Black-winged Stilt
Black-bellied Plover
Red-wattled Lapwing
Lesser Sand-Plover
Greater Sand-Plover
Malaysian Plover
Kentish Plover
Bar-tailed Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Great Knot
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Long-toed Stint
Spoon-billed Sandpiper (1)
Red-necked Stint
Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Gray-tailed Tattler
Common Greenshank
Nordmann's Greenshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Common Redshank
Oriental Praticole
Brown-headed Gull
Little Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
Asian Openbill
Painted Stork
Oriental Darter
Little Cormorant
Indian Cormorant
Yellow Bittern
Purple Heron
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Pacific Reef-Heron
Cattle Egret
Chinese Pond-Heron
Striated Heron
Crested Serpent-Eagle
Changeable Hawk-Eagle
Brahminy Kite
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Eurasian Hoopoe
Common Kingfisher
Ruddy Kingfisher
White-throated Kingfisher
Black-capped Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher
Green Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Indochinese Roller
Coppersmith Barbet
Blue-eared Barbet
Lineated Barbet
Gray-capped Woodpecker
Greater Flameback
Common Flameback
Black-naped Oriole
Ashy Woodswallow
Common Iora
Green Iora
Malaysian Pied-Fantail
Black Drongo
Ashy Drongo
Bronzed Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Black-naped Monarch
Brown Shrike
Racket-tailed Treepie
House Crow
Large-billed Crow
Common Tailorbird
Dark-necked Tailorbird
Oriental Reed Warbler
Barn Swallow
Pacific Swallow
Rufous-bellied Swallow
Black-crested Bulbul
Stripe-throated Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Streak-eared Bulbul
White-browed Scimitar-Babbler
Puff-throated Babbler
Abbott's Babbler
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
Asian Glossy Starling
Asian Pied Starling
Common Myna
Great Myna
Oriental Magpie-Robin
White-rumped Shama
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Baya Weaver
Scaly-breasted Munia
House Sparrow
Plain-backed Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Grey Wagtail
Paddyfield Pipit

Highlight of the trip undoubtedly the single Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Pak Thale. Two had been seen that day (and generally two via eBird for a number of weeks) but we were happy with the one. No chance of a decent photograph as the bird was both distant and hunkered down on a small ridge. Also superb that day were a single Nordmann's Greenshank and three Great Knot, together with good numbers of Red-necked Stint. The pool hide at Kaeng Krachan was also enjoyable as it offered great views of woodland species at close quarters. Lastly, I had a good morning at Laem Pakarang. Good numbers of Sand Plover at this coral spit in baking heat. Also 18 Terek Sandpiper were noteworthy. I would have loved a full day here but, because of the heat, an hour and a half and I was ready to call it a day.

A few photos attached of Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Racket-tailed Treepie, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Red-wattled Lapwing & White-rumped Shama.

(Ian, bearing in mind I hijacked Mike P's Zürich in May thread over ten years ago, I thought I would keep this thread separate to his excellent Thailand Diary thread. If you want to or need to merge it, that's fine by me!)

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