Conservation Status: Least ConcernBy Ali Bernie Buga-ay / Editor
The Greater Yellownape or Chrysophlegma flavinucha is found in East Asia from northern and eastern India to south-eastern China, Indochina, Hainan, and Sumatra. Natural habitats like the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest; Kaeng Krachan National Park is a fantastic habitat meeting all requirements needed for this beautiful Woodpecker to thrive.
This bird is so special for me and my family because this is the first time for us to meet Prin Pattawaro at Kaeng Krachan National Park as he was taking photographs of the feeding parents to their young and I remember there were other birds preventing the parents to feed their young.
From then on, Prin has been our dear friend until now. He showed us how beautiful the birds are at Kaeng Krachan and the possibilities of getting fantastic captures.
After Prin and his friend left, we stayed for awhile until it was dark, we went closer to the tree in which there was a hole of a nest of the feeding Woodpeckers and I took videos of them with my mobile phone as it was very close. It was getting darker and suddenly we heard a growling animal and it sounded like a big cat, Arpha Vida Buga-ay and Andreia Claudette left me right away to run to the car afraid if that animal will attack.
I told them I want stay for awhile and no need to be afraid, that sound must have been just the wind. Five minutes later, the same animal made that growling sound again and this time it was louder; I had to run away myself as it was very close to me. My got to the car, both of them were laughing, telling me that I chickened out.
Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
March 30, 2019
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"and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky"
Sevendays of Creation would like to thank Ep-ep Montero and his friends for being the best people in the world. Our van can’t make it to the farm of Benjamin Torregosa Maputi Jr. as the road was horribly bad. We met Ep-ep Montero on the road as they were also looking for the way to Maputi Bird Preserve, they went ahead. I paid a motorcycle to go to find Ben so he can pick us up from where we stopped; instead, I found Ep-ep Montero’s truck on the road side. I stopped the motorcycle to chat with them, timely, he was actually writing a note for us with his mobile phone number so they can take us from where we were if needed. Yes! we needed them so badly, they drove back down the hill and loaded our stuff even though they were overloaded already. From the bottom of our hearts Ali Bernie Buga-ay and Harry Miller we thank you so much. It was a fantastic night with you guys around the campfire as we sang song of praise to the Creator, sharing joys of adventures and the love for our Maker. Thank you so much.