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Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Conservation Status: Least Concern
By / Editor
Copyright © 2019 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. 
Greater Yellownape: this photograph may not be used without permission.

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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EARLY BIRDS

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Greater Yellownape
Grey-headed Woodpecker
Blue-and-White Flycatcher
Chestnut-tailed Starling
Dark-sided Flycatcher
Fulvescens Greater Spotted Eagle
Greater Adjutant
Brahminy Kite
Himalayan Griffon Vulture
Barn Owls
White-crowned Forktail
Chinese Blackbird
Pied Harrier (male)
Plumbeous Redstart (female)
Plumbeous Redstart (male)
White-capped Redstart (male)
Green Peafowl (male)
Slaty-legged Crake
Buffy Fish Owl
Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Wreathed Hornbill
Mountain Hawk-eagle
Brown Boobook
White-rumped Pygmy Falcon
Forest Wagtail
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Crested Kingfisher
Streaked Weaver
Abbott’s Babbler
Vernal Hanging Parrot
Blue-eared Kingfisher
Dusky Broadbill
Blue-banded Kingfisher
Stork-billed Kingfisher
Austen’s Brown Hornbill
Javan Frogmouth
Philippine Duck (female)
Philippine Falconet
Cryptic Flycatcher
Philippine Bulbul
Short-billed Brown-dove
Pacific Reef Heron
White Tern
Great Crested Tern
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Azure-breasted Pitta
Grey-hooded Sunbird
Bundok Flycatcher (female)
Apo Mayna
Philippine Sailfin Lizard
Mangrove Blue Flycatcher
Philippine Eagle
Whiskered Pitta
Slaty-backed Forktail
Little Spiderhunter
Ruddy-breasted Crake
Slaty-breasted Rail
Baillon’s Crake
Blue-winged Leafbird
Crested Serpent Eagle
Pied Bush Chat
Blue Whistling Thrush
Grey Peacock-pheasant (female)
Grey Wagtail
Black-winged Cuckooshrike
Violet Cuckoo (Juvenile)
Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo
Orange-headed Thrush (female)
Orange-headed Thrush
Mrs Gould’s Sunbird (male)
Orange-bellied Leafbird (female)
Chestnut Thrush
Black Bulbul
Whiskered Yuhina
Silver Pheasant (male)
Red-flanked Bluetail (male)
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
White-headed Bulbul
White Wagtail
Indian Spot-billed Ducks
Grey Nightjar
Ferruginous Flycatcher
Black-Capped Kingfisher
Ferruginous Wood Partridge (male)
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (female)
Greater Green Leafbird
Yellow-eared Spiderhunter
Eurasian Curlew
Java Sparrow
Purple-throated Sunbird
Common Hoopoe
Chinese Francolin
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird
Changeable Hawk-eagle
Black-headed Woodpecker
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Blue Pitta (male)
Spot-billed Pelican
Thick-billed Green-pigeon
Green-billed Malkoha
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
Black-and-Red Broadbill
Red-legged Crake
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
Orange-breasted Trogon (male)
Blue-Winged Pitta
Black-backed Kingfisher
Greater Flameback (male)
Black-thighed Falconet
Ochraceous Bulbul
Indian Nightjar
Asian Golden Weaver (male)
Firethroat
Black-breasted Thrush
Verditer Flycatcher (female)
Verditer Flycatcher
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Red-faced Liocichla
Little Pied Flycatcher
Dark-backed Sibia
Crested Finchbill (male)
Large Niltava (male)
Large Niltava (female)
Crested Finchbill (female)
Silver-eared Laughingthrush
Flavescent Bulbul
Red-flanked Bluetail (female)
White-gorgeted Flycatcher
Mrs Hume’s Pheasant (male)
Hill Prinia
Spectacled Barwings
Slaty-backed Flycatcher
Pacific Reef Heron
Little Tern
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover (male)
Oriental Plover
Garganey
Indian Cormorant
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Zitting Cisticola
Firethroat
Alexandrine Parakeet (male)
Alexandrine Parakeet (female)
Oriental Scops Owl
Spot-breasted Parrotbill
Long-tailed Minivet (male)
Grey-backed Shrike
Davidson’s Leaf Warbler
Red-Headed Trogon (female)
Moustached Barbet
Claudia’s Leaf Warbler
Banded Kingfisher (female)
Asian Fairy-bluebird (female)
Grey Bushchat (female)
Grey Bushchat (male)
Dusky Warbler
Buff-throated Warbler
Great Tit
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant (female)
Rufous-fronted Babbler
Blue Rock Thrush (male)
Blyth’s Shrike-babbler (female)
Mountain Bamboo Partridge
Stripe-breasted Woodpecker
Orange-bellied Leafbird
Pied Kingfisher
Brown-throated Treecreeper
Lesser Adjutant
Hainan Blue Flycatcher
Rufous Limestone-babbler
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (male)
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (female)
Pin-striped Tit-babbler
Siberian Rubythroat
Oriental Magpie-robin (male)
Oriental Magpie-robin (female)
Yellow-eyed Babbler
Spotted Dove
Siberian Blue Robin
Taiga Flycatcher (male)
Siberian Blue Robin (female)
Bluethroat
Black-tailed Godwit
Pacific Golden Plover
Spotted Redshank
Slender-billed Gull
Grey-eyed Bulbul
Greater Painted-snipe (male)
Rosy Pipit
Oriental Darter
Purple Heron
Pied Bush Chat
Amur Falcon (female)
Common Hill Myna
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Birding Stories
By Ali Bernie Buga-ay Published on Nov 20, 2018
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Joys of Birding
(Photograph by: Ephraim Montero) Ali Bernie Buga-ay fifth from the left wearing a hat, Ep-ep Montero second from the left together with Sweet-sweet Vega his sweetheart. Friends in front of the fire was a great feeling.

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.

(Photograph by: Ephraim Montero)…

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