Doi Lang: 22-23 October 2014

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After a day at Doi Ang Khang, Yann and I stayed over in a popular hotel among birders in Fang city. On the following morning, we departed before sunrise to visit one of Thailand’s birding meccas, Doi San Ju or the western side of Doi Lang. Yann’s targets included the globally endangered Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant, Giant Nuthatch and Hodgson’s Frogmouth.

IMG_0601 A very confiding and vocal Spot-breasted Parrotbill

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We slowly drove uphill hoping to come across a single or two pheasants or partridges but it seemed like we didn’t have enough luck. As we reached the top of the hill where birders regularly stop, I tried playing the call of Spot-breasted Parrotbill, a species regularly found around the area. Within a minute, a pair appeared from the grassy hill below and one bird came up to sing on exposed branches only a few metres away!

IMG_0746Black-throated Bushtits can be surprisingly confiding at…

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