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What our clients say!

  • Dear Mr Panuwat
     
    We had a wonderful time at Kaeng Krachan.  Ms Nang was a superior guide, getting us 92 species.  In addition, we saw gibbons and an elephant.  Mr. An was a great driver and cooked an excellent lunch for us.  We will put up a review on Trip Advisor when we have more time.  
     
    Thanks for the opportunity to see some wonderful birds and countryside.
     
    mark and thea Sinclair
    18-19 Jan. 2016
  • Hi Par,

     
    I hope this finds you well. I just got back home from Malaysia. I wanted to tell you how much my group enjoyed the Thailand tour you put together for them - it was a great success! (1-10 March 2016 Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Kaeng Krachan, Khao Yai, Saraburi ) Personally, I thought it was one of the very best organised trips I have been on in a long time - great accommodations and super guiding from yourself, so many thanks for that. We all thought that "Mr. Smith" and yourself made a really great team and your efforts to find some of the more difficult birds for us was second to none. I really hope that we can work together on more tours in the near future. In the meanwhile I will not hesitate to send anyone who wants to bird in Thailand your way. I wish you all the very best with Wild Bird Eco and your own exploits.
     
    We'll stay in touch…
     
    Cheers,
     
    Dave Beadle
    World Wide Bird Guide
    March 23, 2016
  • Par,
     
    Mark and I wanted to thank you for a wonderful trip in Thailand visiting Pak Thale, Kaeng Krachan and Khao Yai. The birding was fantanstic, and we got to see our target birds, including the spoon-billed sandpiper, hornbills and broadbills. The food was also great and you and Ton were the perfect guide and driver.
    Mark has put the best of his photos online (and let us know if the link does not work).
    https://picasaweb.google.com/110622165100168418894/Thailand201202?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJCQnNbptpvLDA&feat=directlink
     
    Thanks again for a wonderful trip.
    Janet and Mark
  • Hi K Par
     
    How are you? I hope yesterday at church was good for you and that God visited you. We are studying Galatians 3 in our Church in Sydney .
     
    I am writing to say Hi and to say thank you for a marvelous trip to Khao Yai. I wish it could have been longer. You are a great guide and I pray more and more customers can find your business.
     
    Let me know when your website is working again.
     
    David Skelley
     
  • Hi Par
     
    I wanted to write you to thank Pank and you for this unforgettable trip one more time. We lived an experience rich in events. I’m sure that now my daughters have a new way of apprehending holidays. For the moment, Marie and Cilia are at their grandmother's home and it was a true happiness to hear them telling this trip in Thailand.
     
    I think that you will post some photos of our trip on your website. I agree for that but we would like to choose the photos of us that you want to use. As Pank gave to me his memory cards, I can suggest you some photos. What do you think about that?
     
    To finish, I don’t know when we will come back but I’m sure that one day, you and us, we shall go to Kaeng Krachan NP or somewhere else in February. Don’t forget to give us your news from time to time. And make the most of life!
     
    Didier
     
  • Hi Par,
     
    Thank you a lot for wildlife touring in Thailand we had such good time and beautiful memory too. Even working
    as a slave I still have a lot fun.
     
    Take care,
     
    Henry
    Pest Management, Horticulture
    Hong Kong International Theme Parks Limited
  • Hi, Par. Sawat dii khrap!
     
    I arrived at Japan last night. It became a great trip very much by your favor. 
     
    Thank you for your kindness very much.
     
    I want to go to Thailand again. At that time, I want to ask you for the guide. 
     
    Well, I append the file of the list of the bird to this mail.
    Please refer for the guest from Japan.
     
    And, please contact me if you come to Japan. And,please give my best
    regards to your lovely madam.
     
    Regards,
    Iga
  • Hello Par,
     
    Now there is no more problem we can open the web site again.
    You finish the trip report of our tour, very nice J !

    On part III the last photo is too big it’s difficult to see it at all.
    On other trip reports your guests look serious but on our tour we make more jokes…
     
    I say it again it was a very pleasant tour with you, we saw and picture many bids and see also nice landscapes, temples, meet people… in your beautiful country. I think the friendly of our guide and drive makes also the tour nice.
     
    Have a good weekend
    God bless you
    Marie-Andr?e
  • Rebecca and Rob, San Diego, US:
     
    Our excursion to Khao Yai with Par was the highlight of an already wonderful trip.
    Par was knowledgeable and a joy to bird with.
     
    Accommodations were comfortable and pleasant. We've birded around the world and this trip was one of the best.
    Par's skill and commitment to finding even the shyest of species was admirable and payed off. Worth every penny.
     
    Associate Professor
    Biology Dept
    San Diego State University
  • Duration :  25 Feb. - 4 Mar. 2017

    Hi Par 

    I wanted to let you know I had a great trip in Thailand. Right from the start, my guide Dteng was on time and we got a long great the rest of the trip. I got many good pictures of many beautiful species of birds, as well as many beautiful areas of Thailand. We ended up with 230 species, which is great, so I was pleased with Dtengs knowledge as well as his effort to get the birds. I also want to say thanks to Dui whom was a great driver. The whole tour was well planned and each birding stop was great. I think the wildbirdecotour is a very professional bird tour company, and I appreciate this in picking a tour company. I would love to come back and take another tour with Wildbirdecotour.
     
    Thanks so much,
    and Happy Birding
    Jeremy Parrish
  • Thank you, Par.
     
    I really enjoyed my last birding trip in April with Mac and Pank at Sukumvit, Bang Poo, Kaeng Krachan and Sam Roi Yod. This time, I want to see the beautiful birds of Chiang Mai. Looking forward to the trip.
     
    Regards,
    Soh
  • One day birding had a fabulous day! over 50 lifers. If you ever come to California I'll take you birding.
     
    I take you to yosemite & show you San francisco.

    Vaya con Dios (Go with God in spanish) my brother
     
    Stephen FROST
     
  • Dear Par
     
    Sawaddee Krab, Sabai dee mai krab? Greetings from ‘Leo Safari’
     
    Please excuse my delay in sending a letter to you; but I have been quite busy with preparing for Andaman trip since returning from Chiang Mai.
     
    I am writing today to thank you and your company for your wonderful job during our visit to Thailand.
     
    Hotel accommodation and food was good. All the participants have been satisfied with the kind and accommodating staff at the hotels, drivers
     
    We hope we can convince more Indians to visit.
     
    We are still basking in the warm memories of our fantastic trip.
     
    Please convey my regards to Yha (How was the Valentine Day??)
     
    With warm regards,
    Sudhir/Leo
  • Dear Par
     
    We arrived home 3:30 AM in the morning.I went to office start my work today,so I am sleepy now.
    I HAVE TO SAY THANK YOU TO YOU FOR THIS AMAZING TRIP.And your wonderful team.Because of you we have many excellent pictures and memories.Thailand is totally different to me now.
     
    Hope to see you soon and sent my greeting to Don .
     
    With warm regards,
    Vivian
     
  • Hi Par,
     
    Thank you for those “head shots”. We will remember our great trip with you and especially the Spoon-bill Sandpiper and Ph/”FHEE” pheasant.
     
    Thanks again for a great experience.

    Keep well,
    Xenia
     
  • Dear Chintana,
    "My two days spent birding with Chintana and her driver included some of the most enjoyable time I've ever spent in the field. Her English is excellent and her knowledge of the local birds is extensive. We found nearly all of our target species between Chiang Dao and Doi Inthanon. The highlight of my trip was the lucky appearance of two Black-Tailed Crakes which brought tears to my eyes. "
    Sincerely, Mark Agnor Chicago
  • Dear Chintana,
    "We'd love to thank you for the wonderful days in Doi Inthanon and Chiang Dao. You were a great guide, not only a passionate birder but also one of the most all-round guides we've met!
    Chintana, once again thank you for the great birding days together. You could really notice birding is one of the things you love to do. Also many thanks for the other lessons you 'teached' us on the road or during meals (when we were not distracted by all the birds and other animals ;-) )concerning history, culture and much more"
    From: Hanneke and Ties The Netherlands.
  • Dear Chintana,
    "Chintana is a superb birding guide: knowledgeable, energetic, patient, intelligent, positive, inquisitive and comfortable. She is thoroughly acquainted with all of the birds, their calls, plumage variations, habitat, distribution and behavior. I learned to appreciate her excellent eyes and ears, often locating birds that I hadn't suspected were near us. Chintana is a teacher at heart, always making sure to point out the key points of identification, comparing   a bird to others that might be similar, and repeating its name. We did a good deal of walking, and as we did, she continually called out the names of birds we were seeing, even if they had been seen well before. We never moved on until     I had an opportunity to see the bird well. The pace was relaxed and thorough. "
    From: Gene Bauer Northfield, Minnesota
  • Hi Pat.                                                thanks for the great trip. we got your snipe pictures, they are great.  We did not get your pictures of the owl's. And the link to the flickr- account. Could you send them to us?                                             Thanks again. Speak to you later. Edwin and Anne-Marie
  • A Day Trip Doi Chiang Dao 12th May 2016                  
    Khun Sasirat,


    The trip was wonderful!!!! Khru Somchart was a fun guide. A member said that Khru Chart was the best guide at using the scope, that they have ever met (and they have done birdwatching all over the world). We all loved him. His English explanations were clear. He always identified the birds correctly. Also, he was flexible with our needs, and happy to change locations whenever we wanted.

    The driver was very good too.

    Thanks so much. We will recommend this to any birders. I got 10 new birds on my life list, which is amazing to me.

    Thank you again!!!!!
    Wendy (Birdgirl) Chamberlain,
  • Dear Panuwat                                We compleated our trip with guide Mr.Kampol  driver Mr. Pongpat yesterday and I must say that they were both excellent.We are extremly satisfied with our trip and would recommend your company to anyone requiring a bird watching trip in Thailand.Apart from his excellent knowledge of the birds, Mr Kampol has a wealth of knowledge of all of Thailands natural history.Once again thank you very much.                               Kind regards                               Peter Kemp from Scotland  
  • Dear Mr Sasirat,

    Thank you so much for providing me with Mr Kampol - He must be the world's best bird guide! I didn't notice the time as Tui was so enthusiastic and energetic, finding a new bird for me to see every minute or so so it seemed. I saw 76 species and heard 2 more but they stayed hiding!
    Another plus was that I got to see a lot of Bangkok that I would not have seen. So that was special too.

    I do hope I get the chance to do birding in Thailand again.

    Thank you again for a truly memorable experience

    Sincerely
    Cheryl Warburton
    A Day Trip 19th Nov. 2016
  • Dear Mr.Sasirat,

    this trip was very well. I have seen during this trip a lot of view of new birds for me.
    I regret not having spent more time at Kaeng Krachan. the stay in Mae Wong was the most interesting with the too short lookout Kang Krachan. the last day to the lake was less interesting because of lack of water.

    the driver and the guide have a great knowledge of birds of Thailland. Very good.
    the vehicle is very good. no problem with the food or hotel.
    I regret that Mr Tui, the guide, is not sent me the list of species observed because I have a hard time finding some names.
    I have not yet addressed and treated all the photos but I diffused daily since my return a species on facebook and in my website www.ornitho.photos



    it's a very good trip for me.
    Best regards,
    Gilles adt
    Trip 12-21th Aug. 2015 Bird Photo tour

             

        Gurney's Pitta Survey

Southern Myanmar.

(* To see picture please go to Guest Report page)

Intro

Gurney's Pitta conditions are near extinct from Klong Thom distric, Khao Norchuchi Krabi province in south Thailand. Due to deforestation, catch the bird, villagers to use forest areas traditionally more than 20 years until the present, with Gurney's Pitta Remaining in the field Klong Thom 2 pairs or less and in the nearby forest, about 6-8 pairs (* 1) scattered in the forest. It is very rare these days are extremely vulnerable to extinction.

In 2003 the NGO mercenary group led by Dr.Tony Thil Hla (1954-2013) funded by Bird Life International funded survey of wild birds in southern Myanmar Thannithiyari Monsoon forest region, he and his team set point in many areas to explore. This forest covers a vast area of southern Myanmar. From the seaside port of Dawei town way down Kawthoung town adjacent to the border with Myamar Ranong Province of Thailand. Tropical rainforest climate near the equator. In survey trip, his team have found Gurney's Pitta many are in the forest. The last survey in 2008.

Thannithiyari almost all of this area is under the possession of military forces Karen want to separatism. Lenya National Park (the name is not official as a national park) the one of part Thanithiyari forest, in some part of area still ceasefire between the Myanmar army and the Karen soldiers.

This is a big issue problem Why birder around the world can't go for birding by them self. But the problem of separatism is not big issue for birders, that's real our problem was the invasion deforestation. Whether locals people and Karen soldiers But it was not to much worse than government of Myanmar allow to forest concessions to the capitalist Thailand and Malaysia for make oil palm plantation.

Back in 1952 in Thailand captured a female specimen of Gurney's Pitta was collected in Prajuab Khirikhun Province (upper southern Thailand) by the pricipal of Pince Royal College, which the Prachuap Khiri Khan. In contrast to wild Thannithiyari saturating. It shows that the two countries are connected wild abundance. But later, Thailand is the deforestation depleted the forest habitats of Gurney's Pitta extinct down to in the end. Only 39 birds left the couple living in the lowland forest of the Khao Norchuchi Krabi

In 2013, I and Thiri (daughter Tony Htin Hla) discussed the Partnership to open the tour in South East Asia and want to new route in the south of Myanmar for Gurney's Pitta was specifically so I went as bird watchers and business man from www.wildbirdeco.net (WB), For Thiri, she owned the largest bird watching tours in Myanmar. Also she is bird guided by the Wild Adventure Travel & Tour (WATT).

our date selection of the 10th - 17th May 2014 as the start of the rainy season in Southeast Asia. During this time, Gurney's Pitta or other birds. It is the time birds began to pair. And the pair began to dribble, but we are not serious because we have seen in Thailand before. For this trip just hear Gurney's Pitta is enough. Our purpose of survey trip is : explore good birding spot, build accommodation for our guests. The most important thing is to coordinate and invest money to Myanmar and Karen soldiers that are in the forest.

This survey the two companies did not bring a guest to share in any way. And used to classify the bird by hearing instead. To save time in doing things. The survey team has 3 people, 2 birder from Wild Bird Eco Tour including me-Panuwat Sasirat(Par), Mr.Kompol Sukumarin (KS) has experience of being a volunteer for rehabilitation of lowland forest in the North from 1995 to 1996 and 1 birder from WATT , Sir Gideon Sa Myo Zaw (SG).

SG have experience in the survey area during 2006-2008, he found many species of birds. Gurney's population, especially Pitta has a pair of hundreds. Even easier to find them next to the village He knew very well that the various points. Where, however, should be to start exploring.

Thiri have taken the map that his father had used when we refer to the survey. Red circle in the map Gurney's Pitta before the survey area is located south of Myeik drive another 120 miles or driving by 4 wd. going next 8 hours and the excitement began there.

How to getting there before

  • Please contact Wild Bird Eco www.wildbirdeco.net , email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for professional service, not recommend to use local guide.

  • This forest is also a risk of malarial fever before traveling onwards in 2 weeks, I need to consult a doctor. Medicines and tablets, anti-malarial fever, the Thai Travel Clinic.

  • Get a visa to enter the country of Myanmar Consulate. In each country,

  • Make a permit at least before 1 month to enter the area with the Forest Department of Myanmar

Advice

  • Please hurry up before the forests were destroyed.

  • Reporter reserves the right not to disclose information to explore it all. Business conditions And agreements with local people.

Conclude

  • Generally no violence in the area. People in Myanmar cute The cost is also very affordable compared to other countries in Asia as well.

  • We guarantee tour for security certification.

Pre Day : 9th May Bangkok Thailand to Yangon Myanmar

I & KS departed from the Don Muang airport Thailand 19:30 hours, transfer by low cost airline Nok Air, takes 1 hr. To Yangon airport, Thiri waiting for us. Waste time on immigration for almost an hour. Have said before that Myanmar recently started opening only one year after U.S. President Obama's visit. So management system or technology to support tourism is not ready yet. This change includes the price of the room and suddenly came and some may be unacceptable.

When I found Thiri and sent permit enter the country of immigration to her, for put it to Xerox it. for tomorrow I have to be filed with the immigration at the border Myeik airport If no, I would not go out of the airport Myeik it. But Xerox shops during the early part of this really hard. Thiri take us not far from Yangon airport to the HC Guest Hotel.

Day 1 : 10th From Yangon fly to southern Myeik.

05:45 Thiri pick us up to go to the domestic airport. She brings a map his father had used survey to me. I am very glad her to honor me, we got used to it because it is a precious treasure. Father of elite explorers birds of Myanmar given before her father died. The red circle indicates that this area is just south of Myeik driving away another 120 miles or 4 wd. Went another 8 hours, which is just across the Sakae district. Prachuap Khiri Khan Province The Gurney's Pitta has been collected since 1952. The excitement of the two of us began there.

Air KBZ took us two hours to leave the former capital Yangon into a major port of southern Myeik Airport.

At the Airport SG and his assistant came to get us before then. Immigration officials had to rush to get a visa to enter the city once. Take a few minutes to put our luggage into the Toyota Surf 4wd. because the space is filled with a variety of supplies such as dry food, fresh food, water, etc. All them we need to live in the wild, up to 7 days. We sat rocking back and forth in the car to 8 hours on distance only 120 miles because the road worse. Along the way we saw both sides of the forest was destroyed.

When we arrive Kae Chaung village, every one got out of the car was twisting left and right release fatigue. I heard a Blue-winged Pitta call in the woods behind the house. It's as if they said I was This trip I met Gurney's Pitta course.

Logistic Manager(LM) we hire from the capital Naypyidaw. Came out to meet us He arrived three days ahead of us. He is responsible prepare many things to our survey, especially including build Bamboo camp, supply to the area of expertise that speaks two languages is as Myanmar and Karen, motorcycle prepared. Then take 1 hour from the village to the camp.

At Campsite, Bird and Wildlife Survey of Myanmar awaits us already led by Lay Win, Moses. They told where to find Gurney's Pitta and good bird spot for our group. By Moses Was one of five members of the expedition that discovered Gurney's Pitta in 2003-2008.

Great-eared Nightjar calling near the dusk, then I quickly set up the my tent, Labor ties hammock around the camp. After finish quick set up tent, i walk around to look our environment, the condition campsite is very good location built under the shade of a bamboo forest. Walk down to three or four steps away from the stream. Cause problems with water. It is also a junction of two road to survey birds. Main Camp make by bamboo it's fast growing tree, we don't worry about destroy forest. Native people have the expertise to build a dining table seats and other materials from bamboo.

In addition, the camp has a generator for make a lighting and is equipped with a plug-in for charge. I went down to bathe in a stream cold water helps me relieve exhausted from traveling all day as well. Dinner meal cooking by LM., Although I would like to eat Thai food, But this meal was very tasty. After greeting, talking about bird with wildlife surveys, I go to sleep quickly.

Day 2 : 11th Survey under high humid

Last night, we heard Indochinese Frogmouth (Javan Frogmouth) calling nearby, but with exhausted from traveling all day, we sleep early. Tonight, we intend that playback it Frogmouth come to photography

This morning saw the forest around the very rich. Also around here still cutting only biggest tree, but less than the outside(outside every tree is gone). As you read this, it sounds a loud chainsaw cutting trees. The survey consisted of me, KS, SG, Debris Soe Kham(SK) assistant of SG and interpreter Karen.

LM has to take care of setting up camp within Camp. Every day he provide drinking water, Breakfast, Lunch box, Dinner and Dessert for us.

( From Left : local guide, Kampol, Panuwat, Logistic Manager, Gideon, Debris and three labors)

Today we intend to explore two different places by foot along the road in the forest.

This road is a separate line to the Karen village. And one split to the Thailand border. Just to start walking the male & female Rufous-nacked Hornbill flew overhead in the distance, White-crowned Hornbill flying over the treetops. Hear Great Argus, White-handed Gibbon, Dusky Langur singing near and far.

Went to be around 1 km or around 8:00 am. Gotten the hot sun, but by 10:00 am the stronger, making it more humid. Weather, even my team and I are very familiar. But for here brought all the weary rapidly. We need to drink more water. But we all carry water to each vial is sufficient. Need to drink water from streams instead. Birds we saw and heard in two first mile Hooded Pitta, Blue-winged Pitta, Blue Pitta, Buff-rumped Woodpecker, Banded Woodpecker, Violet Cuckoo, Blue-rumped Parrot, Creasted serphent Eagle, Greater Green Leafbird, Blue-winged Leafbird, Dark-throated Oriole.

After lunch We decided to walk back to camp to rest, not exploring because now the sun is very hot bird very quiet as well. At the camp, the best thing is to have a dip in the stream and rest but did not sleep well because the Red-bearded Bee-eater, Blue-eared Kingfisher nesting near a camp. It make us take a camera to photo them.

15:00 to 17:30 walk to survey again, all day not found or heard Gurney's Pitta, but other birds was good such as Black-and-Red Broadbill, Green Broadbill, Bamboo Woodpecker, Great-eared Nightjar, Brown Shrike, Tiger. Shrike, White-hooded Munia and etc.

( Tropical climate with high humidity, I almost wanted to walk naked )

( Red-bearded Bee-eater ) (Dog also can not tolerate heat)

21:00 playback Indochinese Frogmouth, It flies perched on a branch above my tent.

Day 3 : 12th Discovery Lowland forest.

This morning aimed at village forces Karen to ask permission to enter the area surveyed birds. Although permission from the Forest Department of Myanmar. Indeed, they know since we drove across the river Tannathaiyi Two days before, they was radio and told each base before then. we can come to camp here because a great coordination of a team of Myanmar and the strong relationship of SG, LM with the locals here. Because they are often used to survey birds together

It takes 1 hr. By 4wd, on the way we stop exploring the Gurney's Pitta, the Plain-pouched Hornbill fly over huge masses of this species in Thailand were very difficult. We find Asian Tapir a new footprint on the road, it is rare Mammal near extinct. Brings excitement to all of us. Also found footprints Cloud Leopard, Barking Deer

After meet general of Karea army, he allow to enter his area for survey, That afternoon, we found the biggest low land forest at side of the village. The forest is similar to the Khao Norchuchi in Thailand, GPS Garmin told altitudes below sea level at -90, N 11*42'09.8” E099*10'39.3” Local guide said that he had seen Gurney's here in many time, KS instinct told him that right away. This is the home of the Gurney's Pitta certainly no doubt, sounds sing the same two pairs of Hooded Pitta around Crested Jay, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Pied Hornbill, Orange-breasted Trogon, Cream-vented Bulbul.

Although we have little hope that the season this month, Gurney's will not respond to sound on tape. But we gradually went wild inched deeper. There are footprints in the swamp large animals like the Asian Wild Elephant, Wild Boar, Darking Deer come down to drink, White-throated Kingfisher flies disappeared, No any respond or see a Gurney's.

A little before noon, we decided to get out of here. We go to another route to explore, but the car 4 wd. of us do not drive through deep mud. So back at the main camp.

Around four o'clock we return to explore the original route again. Local guide took us to the point where he find Gurney's many times. And it's true, as he said. We hear Territory call the Gurney's is far. For here also found good specie such as Crested Fireback, Rusty-napped Pitta, Large Flogmouth(sleeping place), Chestnust-capped Thrust, Himalayan Flamback and numerous other birds.

( footprint Asian Tapir )

( Hooded Pitta ) ( Black-and-Red Broadbill )

Day 4 : 13th Discovery the Gurney's Pitta

Today we explore the separation into two groups. The first to explore a new route on the GPS coordinates Moses provided. This group SG, KS, a local guide to go by bike.

The second group, including myself, SK, local guides to explore the low forest met yesterday again.

I spent half a day in lowland forest until near noon was not heard or seen, but have found many interesting bird species such as Maroon-breasted Philentoma, Banded Kingfisher, Babbler, Cream-vented Bulbul, Large-scimitar Babbler, Helmeted Hornbill. In the afternoon I meet the General Karen army at military. We talk about the benefits, conditions and contracts about to take visitors to see the birds here. I believe this's a first time for here to SAVE GURNEY'S PITTA from tourist.

I came bank to camp in the evening. Hear good news from the first group, They found (seen) one male the Gurney's Pitta and heard territory call at several points.

Today's successful exploration well encountered birds and business negotiations.

I believe that if I took the tourists to come here constantly. I can convince the villagers Karen and soldiers to help conserve forests and wildlife. Because they are earning more sustainable. For the Burmese government can not do anything in this area could be the source of the story. But it takes time to go step by step.

( Skull of Helmeted Hornbill )

Day 5 : 14th Amazing Forest

Today explore together using a motorcycle. We intend to explore another route deep into the forest. For four days ago We are happy with hearing Territory call of Gurney's in many spots, especially the male saw yesterday. Today, we hope may to take picture of them when it comes to hopping as same as yesterday.

We heading to east of the the forest, about 6 miles drive over mud car 4 wd. can not drive pass it yesterday. Early rainy season is more convenient to travel by motorcycle use.

We do not know who cut through the rich forest line. Local guides say that the road is long, almost to the borders of Thailand-Myanmar.

This road along the stream to see many species of birds that come to drink water or some bird species living along streams such as White-crowned Forktail, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill and many pair of Black-and-Red Broadbill(more than 50 pairs). Habitat similar Keang Krachan National park or Krung Ching in Thailand.

Arrived at a forest found a large area of forest villagers burned the forest to mobile plantation. Here KS hear territory call of Gurney's Pitta several times, voice came from forest edge are being burn, but they did not find bird.

In same area Grey-headed Fish Eagle flying over the forest, for this species in Thailand, it's a very rare bird species, KS can be recorded by camera immediately, for this species shows that this area must have the main river course because this species like perch on tall trees along the streams or the river medium above.

At the same time, he also heard several Plain-Pouched Hornbill in the distance. We look through the gap of the trees, Not to long time to try found hundreds of them standing live trees along the river across from us. This's Hornbill species in Thailand, I and KS have seen a few times in life. For me watching birds for 25 years, seen 2 times each in Hala-Bala forest, Thailand borders Malaysia only. We are excited rush for the recording both still images and video immediately. The frame count to 80 birds!! , for here also we heard Rufous-collared Kingfisher calling in Ratthan(plam) forest river.

It's really hot here during the day. Finished eating lunch I walked down to swimming in Ngawun Chaung river, everyone must think this, So follow me down to swim together, except SG to take care of our luggage on the riverbank.

Around afternoon return to camp, surveyed birds along the way, Heavy rain on the way back it's make the road slippery, sloppy muddy forest, Motorcycle control more difficult And throughout the afternoon, heavy rain was coming down and we can only sit in the camp. Dinner, we decided to change from the original survey plan to stay here more one night, move to explore the forest on the way back to Myeik town because there SG had been a survey in 2008 that he had found at least 10 pairs of Gurney's Pitta.

( Panuwat-in middle surrounded by Myanamese labor )

( Plain-Pouched Hornbill )

Day 6 : 15th Move to New Camp.

Today, we pack luggage to move to survey birds at Chaung Nao Biang Village, Mileage 82, N 11*37'42.5” E099*04'08.4” for one night. SG had the last survey three years ago. In each survey takes 45 day per a trip. SG told me he had a Gurney's very easy to call it out of the woods to show off the roadside villages !! .

About 1.30 hours reach the village. After lunch We set up a tent inside an abandon office lumber company located near the village. The building is built on a hill along the road to see the vast forest in front. SG said that the forest changed little, may be today we will see them at least 1-2 pairs of birds.

( Mileage 82 Chaung Nao Biang Village ) ( Abandon office lumber company )

15:00 We start to survey, use local people for navigator, Drive down to the south of the village about 1 km. car turn left onto the logging road out of the forest, car ran into a little, SG seemed shocked with the change of the original forest has become rubber plantation. Pass rubber plantations three years old. We did not mind too much but when the car ran over the hill, every one on car shocked than last. !

There is a large gate blocking the road. A sign over the door written word Htoo Cooperation, security guards rushed out of a side road to block our car passing through. SG began confused with forest change to the face. Three years ago it was not like this. Officials from Lumber Company, ran out from the office to ask us where to go ! Spend time talking while he allowed us to drive into. When we drove through the gates to the dejected and almost beaten to survey birds. Forests have been largely cleared for oil palm plantation, We saw the palm-time, 2 years in the bags. Are being watered from watering machine automatically, Small sing written "Costa Rica Evolution seed"!!!

Navigator said that the Burmese government has given concessions to Malaysia companies two years ago. Although forests are being destroyed to pressure sense of us. But in a little time of the survey ends today. We have no time to sit and grieve or sad with what they see. Each is a very professional When the car stopped, every one take a equipment and climb up the cliff soil immediately. The forest will change, but the navigation still remember the original direction of other environments. We started walking on a forest path. I try to playback from iPod and visually observe walk in the woods, we only found Banded Kingfisher, Crested Jay, Green Broadbill, Hooded Pitta vocals on the route. SG told me that he never walked this trail before but from habitat probability of Gurney's Pitta in Trail, certainly. About 20 minutes later, we reached the knees collapsed. I could not do anything to discourage. When we met the a few locals people still cutting and burning forest was biggest cleared to make mobile plantation. I dare say that the six days through the jungle have seen forest was destroyed, That's just a small fraction of it, but here is biggest than. Someone in the group says "As a Napalm Bomb HERE "

Me and a friend sat on a stump that it once towering skyscrapers. SG took up smoking , I roll a cigarette from his This is the first roll in the past 14 years, I quit it. We compress the lungs as cigarette smoke for a while. 5 minutes later we keep bear exploring, SG highly skilled He can find the old trail easily, Although forest not left to the same. I spent nearly an hour in many spots no call respond, Except two time look like Gurney's Pitta hopping under bush. Until near evening walk back the same way.

The walk back to the car In mind, I think about the future of them. The future of this forest How many years they were alive. Even Tannithanitryi forest vast space of the South. But this invasion would not take long. I think of conservation in the form of tourism. If they are economically from tourism. He seems to maintain forest and wildlife to because this made more sustainable catering.

LAST ALARM CALL TO SAY GOODBYE

50 meters to the car and then suddenly alarm call of Gurney's twice. !!

I turned to the SG. and smiling, Do not tell SG know, what did my mind mean, We know God sent it to encourage of us, birds are communicating as if

" Do not worry about us, Thanks for the help We will maintain our lives for as long as possible "

Written by Panuwat Sasirat www.wildbirdeco.net

Note : (* 1) Survey on April 2014 by Kampol Sukumalind

( The last day, we come to Myeik sea port for relax and relieve stress )

Bird Check list

  1. Red Junglefowl : very common

  2. Great Argus : heard near the campsite in morning

  3. Grey Peacock-Pheasant : heard in many spot

  4. Crested Fireback : uncommon seen female on 16:00 at the track to Karen army village

  5. Lesser Whistling Duck : 100 birds seen on the way Myeike to site.

  6. Rufous Woodpecker : common seen male

  7. Streak-breasted Woodpecker : uncommon seen male

  8. Great Slaty Woodpecker, very common 4-5 bird in each group

  9. Bamboo Woodpecker, very common

  10. Maroon Woodpecker, very common

  11. Bay Woodpecker, very common

  12. Buff-rumped Woodpecker, common

  13. Heart-spotted Woodpecker, uncommon

  14. Banded Woodpecker, common

  15. Black-rumped Woodpecker, uncommon 1

  16. Gold-whiskered Barbet, very common

  17. Blue-eared Barbet, very common

  18. Coppersmith Barbet, common

  19. Oriental Pied Hornbill : common

  20. Great Hornbill : common

  21. White-crowned Hornbill : common seen at least 2 and heard every day

  22. Tickell's Brown Hornbill : common at lest 2-4 around the camp, heard every day

  23. Wreathed Hornbill : common

  24. Plain-pouched Hornbill : common, seen every day, 14th found sleeping place of 80 birds in different age & sex. This's number count in picture.

  25. Rufous-necked Hornbill : uncommon seen 1 pair fly cross over campsite on 11th

  26. Helmeted Hornbill : rare, heard only

  27. Scarlet-rumped Trogon : uncommon heard

  28. Orange-breasted Trogon : very common

    - Cinnamon-rumped Trogon : uncommon also have in this forest

  29. Indian Roller : common found out side forest

  30. Dollarbird : common

  31. Common Kingfisher : uncommon winter visitor

  32. Blue-eared Kingfisher : every day flying pass our camp to feeding young one in the hole.

  33. Blue-banded Kingfisher : common

  34. Banded Kingfisher : very common

  35. Rufous-collared Kingfisher : common

  36. Rufous-backed Kingfisher : common

  37. White-throated Kingfisher : very common

  38. Southern White-crowned Forktail : common every day seen & heard

  39. Red-bearded Bee-eater : common, 1 pair nesting the opposite campsite

  40. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater : uncommon seen 1 time on the trip

  41. Green Bee-eater : uncommon seen on the way Myeik to campsite

  42. Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo

  43. Plaintive Cuckoo : common

  44. Violet Cuckoo : uncommon heard 1 time

  45. Drongo Cuckoo : common

  46. Moustached Hawk-Cuckoo : seen 1 time

  47. Black-bellied Malkoha : common

  48. Raffles's Malkoha : very common

  49. Greater Coucal : common

  50. Blue-rumped Parrot : common seen & heard many time, 5-7 bird in each flock

  51. Vernal Hanging Parrot : very common

  52. Edible Nest Swiftlet : very common, inside park & outside park

  53. Asian Palm Swift : very common

  54. Whiskered Treeswift : very common

  55. Collared Owlet : heard

  56. Collared Scops Owl : heard 1 time

  57. Asian Barred Owlet : 1 birds at campsite

  58. Brown Boobook : common, 1 birds at campsite

  59. Great-eared Nightjar : common, 1-2 birds at campsite

  60. Large Frogmouth : uncommon found sleeping place on the way to Karen army camp

  61. Indochinese Frogmouth : common every night at campsite

  62. Rock Pigeon

  63. Oriental Turtle Dove

  64. Spotted Dove : very common

  65. Asian Emerald Dove : seen 1 and heard many time

  66. Thick-billed Green Pigeon :

  67. Large Green Pigeon : common seen flying

  68. White-breasted Waterhen

  69. Red-wattled Lapwing : common but not seen often

  70. Oriental Honey-Buzzard : common

  71. Black Kite

  72. Brahminy Kite : very common around a coastal Myiek

  73. Grey-headed Fish Eagle : common seen 1 bird can take picture at P-p Hornbill place

  74. Crested Serpent Eagle : common

  75. Crested Goshawk : common

  76. Shikra

  77. Besra

  78. Little Egret : very common

  79. Intermediate Egret : common

  80. Eastern Cattle Egret : very common

  81. Chinese Pond Heron : common

  82. Cinnamon Bittern : Uncommon found 1 time 1 bird on the track

  83. Malayan Night Heron : Uncommon found every day at same spot on the track

  84. Rusty-naped Pitta : Uncommon herd 1 time at the same spot Large Frogmouth

  85. Gurney's Pitta : Uncommon seen male, hear territory call & alarm call in many spot (can't take picture)

  86. Blue Pitta : common heard real bird 1 time at the camp and heard Greater Racket-tailed Drongo copy Blue Pitta call in many spot

  87. Hooded Pitta : very common breeding visitor in rainy season (April – August)

  88. Blue-winged Pitta : very common breeding visitor

  89. Chestnut-capped Thrush : rare, heard at Large Frogmouth's spot

  90. Black-and-Red Broadbill : very common easy to see and photography

  91. Green Broadbill : very common and same to do

  92. Banded Broadbill : very common and same above

  93. Black-and-Yellow Broadbill : common

  94. Long-tailed Broadbill : common heard

  95. Sultan Tit : very common

  96. Fairy Minivet : common heard

  97. Asian Fairy Bluebird : very common

  98. Greater Green Leafbird : common

  99. Blue-winged Leafbird : very common

  100. Tiger Shrike : adult, uncommon found only 1 birds in the trip at the camp

  101. Brown Shrike : uncommon same spot Tiger Shrike

  102. Crested Jay : very common

  103. Black Magpie : uncommon heard 1 time

  104. Racket-tail Treepie : common out side forest

  105. House Crow : very common

  106. Dark-throated Oriole : very common

  107. Indochinese Cuckooshrike : common

  108. Black-winged Cuckooshrike : common

  109. Lesser Cuckooshrike : common

  110. Bar-winged Flycatcher - Shrike : common

  111. Black Drongo : common on the way from Myeik

  112. Ashy Drongo : common

  113. Bronze Drongo : very common

  114. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo : very common bird love to copy territory call of Blue Pitta !

  115. Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo : common

  116. Black-naped Monarch : very common

  117. Asian Paradise Flycatcher : common mostly heard

  118. Rufous-winged Philentoma : common can taken picture

  119. Maroon-breasted Philentoma : common respond iPod can taken picture

  120. Great Iora : common

  121. Blue-throated Flycatcher : common

  122. Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher : common

  123. Oriental Magpie Robin : very common in the town and on the way

  124. White-rumped Shama : very common

  125. Common Myna : very common

  126. Jungle Myna : Very common

  127. Barn Swallow : very common

  128. Purple-backed Starling : uncommon

  129. Black-headed Bulbul :

  130. Black-crested Bulbul : very common

  131. Cream-vented Bulbul : uncommon seen 1 time near Karen army

  132. Ochraceous Bulbul : common

  133. White-throated Bulbul : uncommon

  134. Hairy-backed Bulbul : uncommon

  135. Grey-eyed Bulbul : common

  136. Red-vented Bulbul : very common

  137. Yellow-bellied Prinia : common

  138. Grey-breasted Prinia : common

  139. Common Tailorbird : common

  140. Dark-necked Tailorbird : common

  141. Rufous-tailed Tailorbird : uncommon only heard

  142. Yellow-bellied Warbler : common live in bamboo

  143. Large Scimitar Babbler : very common

  144. White-browed Scimitar Babbler : common

  145. Ferruginous Babbler

  146. Abbott's Babbler : very common

  147. Short-tailed Babbler : common

  148. Spot-necked Babbler : uncommon seen 1 time

  149. Chestnut-winged Babbler : common

  150. Pin - striped Tit-Babbler : very common

  151. White-hooded Babbler : heard

  152. Golden Babbler : very common heard

  153. White-bellied Erpornis

  154. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird

  155. Purple-naped Sunbird : uncommon

  156. Crimson Sunbird : common

  157. Orange-breasted Flowerpecker : uncommon

  158. Little Spiderhunter : common

  159. House Sparrow : very common

  160. Eurasian Tree Sparrow : very common

  161. Scaly-breasted Munia : very common

  162. White-bellied Munia : very common

  163. White-headed Munia : uncommon , seen 3 time, each time only one bird with S-b Munia flock

Mammal

  1. Dusky Langur : common seen every day

  2. Banded Langur : uncommon

  3. White-handed Gibbon : common heard every day

  4. Eurasian Wild Pig : common

  5. Banteng : uncommon, found footprint

  6. Water Buffalo : uncommon, found footprint

  7. Wild Elephant : uncommon small group, found footprint in low land forest near Karen Army

  8. Malayan Tapir : Near Extinct, found footprint on the track

  9. Clouded Leopard : uncommon, found footprint

  10. Small Cat footprint can't identity

  11. A lot of Civet can't identity of footprint

  12. Mousedeer and small muntjaks footprint

  13. Many specie of Squirrel unknow specie

  14. Ground Squirrel unknow specie

  15. Variable Squirrel : very common

  16. Burmese Striped Squirrel : very common

  17. Black Giant Squirrel : uncommon

  18. Malayan Porcupine : found footprint

Snake

  1. Black-banded Keelback

  2. King Cobra

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