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Phuket, Phang Nga Province, Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary, Sri Phang Nga National Park Birding Trip Report March 15th - 20th, 2015

Story and photos by Dave Williams

Starting off in Phuket, our team of 8 hardcore bird photographers from Taiwan spent an average of 10 - 12 hours per day shooting bird photos. There are some incredible shots that resulted.

After Phuket, we headed to Phang Nga Town. We went birding in the city park, which is suprisingly good and very easy. The good thing for photographers is the ease in setting up shots.

Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary got more than one day of our birding time. Wat Bangriang, normally a really good spot, proved that luck plays a bit part. We planned on spending more time there, but ended up leaving to go to a small temple and valley near the Khao Sok river. This was worth two days.

We ended our epic journey at Sri Phang Nga National Park. We got some fantastic sightings there including a very close encounter with a stunning male Banded Pitta and a couple of Chestnut-naped Forktails.

Here is the list. Special birds are in bold font.

Little Cormorant
Purple Swamphen
Lesser Whistling Duck
Little Grebe
Chinese Pond Heron
Yellow Bittern
Cinnamon Bittern
Chinese Pond Heron
Little Heron
White-breasted Waterhen
White-throated Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher
Pied Fantail
Dusky Grag-martin
Pacific Swallow
Richard’s Pipit
Common Iora
Black Eagle
Mountain Hawk-Eagle
Crested Serpent-eagle
Osprey
Brahminy Kite
Besra
Shikra
Yellow-vented Bubul
Streak-eared Bulbul
Red-eyed Bulbul
Stripe-throated Bulbul
Black-headed Bulbul
Scaly-breasted Bulbul

Buff-vented Bulbul
Black-crested Bulbul
Stripe-throated Bulbul
Ochraceous Bulbul
Puff-throated Bulbul
Hairy-backed Bulbul
Spectacled Bulbul
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker
Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker
Plain Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird
Crimson Sunbird
Brown-throated Sunbird
Purple-naped Sunbird
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird
Little Spiderhunter
Grey-breasted Spiderhunter
Spectacled Spiderhunter
Ferruginous Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Blue-and-white Flycatcher
Red-throated Flycatcher
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike
Greater Coucal
Plaintive Cuckoo
Brown Shrike
Buff-rumped Woodpecker
Grey-capped Woodpecker
Asian Fairy-bluebird
Blue-winged Leafbird
Greater Green Leafbird
Red-billed Malkoha
Raffle’s Malkoha
Green-billed Malkoha
Vernal Hanging Parrot
Coppersmith barbet
Blue-eared Barbet
Zebra Dove
Spotted Dove
Black Drongo
Grey Wagtail
Forest wagtail
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Blue-winged Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Dark-necked Tailorbird
Common Tailorbird
Pink-necked Green Pigeon
Thick-billed Pigeon
Orange-headed Thrush
White-throated Rock-thrush

Blue Rock Thrush
Blue Whistling ThrushWhite-rumped Shama
Striped Tit-babbler
Black-and-Yellow Broadbill
Buff-breasted Babbler
Puff-throated Babbler
Abbott’s Babbler
Rufescent Prinia
Plain Prinia
Great Reed-warbler
Green Iora
Black-naped Oriole
Banded Pitta
Blue-winged Pitta
Great Hornbill
Helmeted Hornbill
Chestnut-naped Forktail
Fiery Minivet
Ashy Minivet
Siberian Blue Robin

So, whether you are an avid or an amateur photographer or an avid or amatuer birder, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to easily spot a large variety of birds. Of course there are more in this are than those listed here.

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