red-headed-trogon

Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Red-headed Trogon (male): this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Red-headed Trogon or Harpactes erythrocephalus is one of the most wanted birds of most bird photographers because of its brilliant colour display and it can be seen almost on the top to Panoenthung at Kaeng Krachan National Park.

While were looking for the Long-tailed Broadbills, there were two birders who were already at the the location, we asked if they already saw the Long-tailed Broadbill and they said in the middle of the morning hours. It was already getting dark in the forest and we don’t know if we could ever have a chance to find them. As we were wishing for the impossible, they directed our attention to the Red-headed Trogon which is just across the dirt road and she pointed the exact location where they found them at about 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

As we looked throgh the thick of the forest, our new lady friend held both of my shoulders and moved my body towards the Red-headed Trogon that just appeared, we also found the other one but it went deeper into the thick of the forest so there was one. I had to find now the best opening in between all the trees, branches, and leaves, and there was a sure window that I could take the photraphs that I wished to have, I tried my best for the little time that the bird allowed me and this is all I got.

This was one of our target birds and it showed its beauty just once and then it moved into the deep of the forest and it was gone. Looking for the right timing and moment was crucial as it was getting darker each moment. Another joy of birding for us and the experience was amazing.

Kaengkratchan National Park, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

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