Phu Khao Khuay NPA.
Today was a comedy of errors. It started off OK without the rain. During the night there was lightning, thunder and downpours. And at sunset I was still hearing rumbles. But the day was fine but overcast when we set off towards the elephant hide situated inside the Phu Khao Khuay NPA.
It started off OK with a few birds. I spotted this Black-naped Monarch on the track along the way. There were a few bulbuls flying around as per usual. I also got some really bad shots of a Crimson Sunbird. I have seen a fair few in Laos.
These are some native bees. They do not have stings. Australian native bees are similar.
This is the Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo minus the racket tail. I saw a similar one at the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia.
There was a huge spider web on the track which almost trapped my guide. After that, it started to go pear-shaped. My camera just stopped working. I was pressing buttons and nothing was happening. I pulled the battery out and put it back in and it worked for a couple of shots, then stopped again and would not work again the whole trip. When I got back to the village, I changed batteries and it worked fine. It must have been the battery had died or had not charged properly. Whew! I thought my camera had died. Lesson: take a spare battery. ha ha.