Friday, November 29, 2013

Doi Inthanon and Chang Mai, Thailand 2013, part 5

left Scaly-breasted Munia, right a Grey-breasted Prinia


And another Long-tailed Shrike 

The Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher was seen at the gardens of a residency belonging to the queen of Thailand. She only comes here once or twice a year and the public is allowed to enter the premises.

 After another night at Mr. Deang’s I was looking forward to spend the last day on the mountain by myself, checking the few places that I had got to know and taking my time with the camera and the 300mm 2.8.  To my horror there was a constant flow of cars heading for the summit, where some religious celebration attracted 1000s of worshippers. The drums and chanting could be heard for miles, which was actually not unpleasant, but I came for something else… and gave up visiting the stupas to look for the male Green-tailed Sunbird...

Again at Checkpoint 2, staring at the tops of the tall, tall trees:

 Bronzed Drongo

Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon

Golden-throated Barbet

And down at eye-level:

Small Niltava, male

Accompanied by a female Rufous-bellied Niltava

I felt disappointed about missing out on the high elevation birds, but if I hadn't stayed here I would have missed another Streaked Spiderhunter, visiting its favorite banana flower.

I stayed at checkpoint 2 most of the time, met some other birders (it was weekend) and halfway the afternoon I drove down, back to my guesthouse in Chang Mai.

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