Chumphon, Sri Phang-nga National Park and Laem Pakarang: 29 October - 2 November 2012


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29 October - 2 November 2012.
Variable cloud cover with some rain. Hot and humid.
Chumphon, Khao Dinsor, Sri Phang-nga National Park and Laem Pakarang.

29 Oct. With Ian Dugdale and Richard Carden. Took Air Asia flight to Phuket, arriving 15:00 and on the road with Ian and Richard by 15:30, to arrive on the outskirts of Chumphon around 20:00. Found a roadside resort and at the beach managed to secure a late dinner and secure a boat for the following morning.

30 Oct. Arrived at the boat around 06:30, and headed out into mangroves along the coast, cruising along the edge of any decent looking mangroves we could see.

Western Osprey
Western Osprey

Shikra
Shikra

Oriental Honey Buzzard
Oriental Honey Buzzard

Forest Wagtail
Forest Wagtail

A couple of distant fly over Pale-capped Pigeon seen. After three hours in the boat we managed about 15 pigeons flying to and fro across the mangroves, 2 Ruddy Kingfisher, 2 Pied Harrier, several Japanese Sparrowhawk and Pale-legged Leaf Warbler. Drove to Thung Wua Laen and checked into a small guesthouse. Lunch on beach and then drove up to Khao Dinsor where we ran into Robert and Deborah de Candido as expected. Despite the whole afternoon watching, very little seen, with the main passage seemingly already occurred in the morning. From 13:00 - 17:00 we had a Peregrine, 1 Eastern Buzzard and a few groups of Black Baza. A quick stock up at a local convenience store for tomorrow's breakfast, followed by dinner on the beach.

31 Oct. Some heavy early morning rain petering out by 06:00. Out early and up the the Khao Dinsor car park for breakfast and some raptor watching. However, decidedly more breakfast than raptors as it was not until 08:15 that any raptor appeared - two Thick-billed Pigeon and four Black-naped Oriole being the early morning highlight. We started up hill around 08:00 with the first waves of raptors starting around 08:45, being mainly Black Baza. We hung out around the second shelter all morning with Jerdon's Baza, thousands of Black Baza, Booted Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Chinese Sparrowhawk , Peregrine and Eastern Buzzard. As yesterday, by 13:00 activity had died down significantly and by 15:00 all other watchers had left. The remaining two hours till 17:00 held nothing in the way of raptors at all. Dinner on the beach and met up with Games Punjapa Phetsri and group.

1 Nov. A later start up Khao Dinsor due to further overnight rain, cloud and wind. Today we split up to cover both western and eastern sides of the mountain. Raptor migration today way down due to the windy and cloudy conditions with only a a tenth of the raptors of yesterday passing. Best birds throughout the morning were Peregrine, a single Greater Spotted Eagle, Rufous-winged Buzzard and a couple of Brown-backed Needletail. Left the area after midday to drive to Kuraburi where we stopped late afternoon near Sri Phang-nga National Park.

2 Nov. All morning in Sri Phang-nga National Park, walking the waterfall trail and the forest road. Helmeted Hornbill calling and a couple of Great Hornbill flying over. Other species of note included Forest Wagtail, Radde's Warbler, Eastern Crowned Warbler, Taiga Flycatcher and Chestnut-winged Babbler. We then drove to Laem Pakarang, where in the heat of the day walked the coral spit seeing a single White-faced Plover and four Great Knot amongst hoards of Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Red-necked Stint and Ruddy Turnstone. A few Little Tern feeding in the bay and single Black-capped Kingfisher and Common Kingfisher. Drove back to Phuket.

3-5 Nov. A couple of days on Phuket unwinding. Still a noticeable migration of Oriental Honey Buzzard with a few of the resident Shikra, Brahminy Kite and White-bellied Sea Eagle in the raptor line. One evening met up with Paul Carter for a night bird session successfully finding Oriental Bay Owl and Sunda Scops Owl.

Oriental Bay Owl
Oriental Bay Owl

Scarce blue Tiger
Scarce Blue Tiger

Species List

  Chumphon Mangroves Count   Sri Phang-nga NP Count
  Chinese Pond Heron 20   Striated Heron 2
  Grey Heron 1   Chinese Pond Heron 10
  Great Egret 4   Oriental Honey Buzzard 2
  Little Egret 4   Vernal Hanging Parrot 2
  Little Cormorant 50   Germain's Swiftlet 10
  White-bellied Sea Eagle 1   Silver-rumped Spinetail 1
  Pied Harrier 2   Oriental Dollarbird 1
  Japanese Sparrowhawk 1   Great Hornbill 2
  White-breasted Waterhen 1   Helmeted Hornbill 2
  Whimbrel 50   Red-throated Barbet 4
  Pale-capped Pigeon 14   Blue-eared Barbet 3
  Spotted Dove 1   Maroon Woodpecker 2
  Greater Coucal 1   Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher 1
  Germain's Swiftlet 10   Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher 3
  Ruddy Kingfisher 2   Ochraceous Bulbul 4
  Black-capped Kingfisher 4   Hairy-backed Bulbul 2
  Collared Kingfisher 3   Grey-eyed Bulbul 10
  Common Kingfisher 5   Yellow-bellied Warbler 2
  Chestnut-headed Bee-eater 8   Radde's Warbler 1
  Greater Flameback 4   Arctic Warbler 4
  Golden-bellied Gerygone 10   Eastern Crowned Warbler 1
  Black Drongo 10   Chestnut-winged Babbler 6
  Barn Swallow 4   Pin-striped Tit-Babbler 20
  Pacific Swallow 10   Abbott's Babbler 3
  Asian House Martin 10   Asian Fairy-bluebird 3
  Dark-necked Tailorbird 2   Oriental Magpie-Robin 2
        Asian Brown Flycatcher 10
  Khao Dinsor Count   Taiga Flycatcher 1
  Asian Openbill 21   Lesser Green Leafbird 3
  Western Osprey 2   Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker 2
  Jerdon's Baza 23   Forest Wagtail 1
  Black Baza 4,000   Paddyfield Pipit 2
  Oriental Honey Buzzard 5      
  Black-eared Kite 6   Laem Pakarang Count
  White-bellied Sea Eagle 1   Little Egret 15
  Crested Serpent Eagle 27   Pacific Reef Heron 4
  Pied Harrier 2   White-faced Plover 1
  Shikra 200   Lesser Sand Plover 300
  Chinese Sparrowhawk 4   Greater Sand Plover 400
  Japanese Sparrowhawk 45   Sanderling 1
  Rufous-winged Buzzard 3   Whimbrel 8
  Grey-faced Buzzard 205   Common Greenshank 2
  Eastern Buzzard 3   Ruddy Turnstone 250
  Greater Spotted Eagle 1   Great Knot 4
  Booted Eagle 5   Red-necked Stint 300
  Common Kestrel 4   Little Tern 5
  Peregrine Falcon 1   Black-capped Kingfisher 1
  Thick-billed Green Pigeon 2   Common Kingfisher 1
  Greater Coucal 1   Blue-tailed Bee-eater 1
  Himalayan Swiftlet 3   Barn Swallow 1
  Germain's Swiftlet 50      
  Pacific Swift 40      
  House Swift 20      
  Blue-tailed Bee-eater 30      
  Chestnut-headed Bee-eater 10      
  Lineated Barbet 5      
  Ashy Minivet 50      
  Black-naped Oriole 4      
  Black Drongo 40      
  Black-headed Bulbul 4      
  Stripe-throated Bulbul 20      
  Sand Martin 1      
  Barn Swallow 200      
  Red-rumped Swallow 10      
  Pale-legged Leaf Warbler 10      
  Pin-striped Tit-Babbler 2      
  Puff-throated Babbler 2      
  Asian Brown Flycatcher 1      
  Orange-bellied Flowerpecker 2      
  Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker 3      
  Olive-backed Sunbird 4