Kaeng Kacharn National Park in Thailand

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Kaeng Kacharn is the biggest national park of Thailand, located south west of Bangkok in the border area with Burma.  It is quite accessible, and only 3-4 hours drive from Bangkok.  I found the deep and steep rainforest mountain slopes fascinating, and with more than 400 bird species and 57 mammals, the wildlife is hard to beat.  I stayed at Samarn Birdcamp, which is conveniently located close to the main entry point of the national park.

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The vulnerable White-fronted Scoops-Owl (Otus sagittatus) is one of the star species in Kaeng Kacharn. This poorly known species has a small, rapidly declining, severely fragmented population which is dependent on lowland or foothill forest, much of which has been destroyed or degraded within its range.  Without a guide it would have been impossible to spot this male and female in the low forest canopy.

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Bar-backed Partridge (Arborophila brunneopectus) It is always a privilege to watch a pair of partridges forage in the rainforest. I had the pleasure to observe this pair for a few minutes. Magic.

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It is easy to see why the near-threatened Dusky Langur (Trachypithecus obscurus) is also called the spectacled langur.  This small group was spotted on our way up the main track to the summit.

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The Greater Yellownape (Chrysophlegma flavinucha) is found in all the way from Bangladesh, to Indonesia.  Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland or montane forests.  The yellow punk hairstyle is quite unbeatable – I think!

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We passed this Red-tailed Green Ratsnake (Gonyosoma oxycephalum) on the main road in Kaeng Kacham.  I like the colours and details, taken with my Nikon D800E and 300mm f/2.8.

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Always interesting to observe hornbills nesting.  I observed this Southern Brown Hornbill (Ptilolaemus tickelli) over two days.  The nest was quite frequently visited, as the brown hornbill female (inside the tree hole) is fed not only by the male buy also by other family members of the group.

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The endangered White-handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar) often heard in the morning calling out.  The major threat to this species is hunting, they are hunted both for subsistence food use and for the pet trade. Hunting pressure varies, but sadly takes place even within protected areas.

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Bar-backed Partridge (Arborophila brunneopectus) It is always a privilege to watch a pair of partridges forage in the rainforest. I had the pleasure to observe this pair for a few minutes, it does not get much better than this!

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The Black-crested Bulbul ((Pycnonotus flaviventris) likes black berries!

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