Koh Chang – South Thailand Birding
Day 2 of Koh Chang. I got up early and headed into the swamp, hoping to get a photo of that elusive hornbill – my nemesis bird. I saw a couple straight away at the edge of the swamp in the fir trees but they raced off before I could get a bead on them.
Finally I spotted one up in a tree the other side of the swamp and I managed to get some photos of it. I am not sure if this one is a male or female. The female Oriental Pied Hornbill has a “smaller casque with more extensive dark areas” (Robson).
This one took off but I just managed to get a shot of him or her in flight as it was heading into the trees. Later on, I met some Thai people, Mr Dam and his wife and they made me a cup of coffee. Mr Dam has a farm with coconuts, cashews and rubber.
This is the rubber dripping from the tree into a bowl.
They cut grooves around the rubber tree and the sap comes out and gets funneled into containers.
There were heaps of different butterflies around and I think a butterfly nerd would have a field day here. (What do you call people who go chasing butterflies? )
This one was huge, almost as big as a lot of birds.
At first I thought this was just a Spotted Dove, but I had a second look and realised that it might be a type of collared dove. It seemed to be a Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) because it has yellow eyes and the collaring was that of the collared dove. Then I checked their range. It is a common resident throughout South-east Asia but the Red-collared Dove is vagrant to South Thailand. My assumption is that this is a Eurasian Collared-Dove. ha ha.
This adult Brahminy Kite was roosting by a creek. Later on, three Brahminy Kites came in low over beach near my hut. Maybe their territory could be the beach up to end of paperbark swamp ? More assumptions.