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

The Red-headed Trogon or Harpactes erythrocephalus is one of the most beautiful birds in the forest found in different national parks in Thailand. We found them in Kaeng Krachan National Park two years ago and it was a difficult shooting situation that we were lucky to have found the male and missed the female.

We were in Khao Yai National Park two weeks ago and we prospected the Red-headed Trogon, we called the bird in near the waterfall at Trail B, the bird replied and we were folling the beautiful bird and we took some shots. We were lucky to have some shots but the next day we had another chance at the Khao Kiew Viewpoint in which Arpha and I never expected to find them. Other birders found them first and this time is easy, yet the forest is dense and there obstacles in taking shots. We had to walk in the forest and did the best we could.

The Red-headed Trogon is such a docile bird and it is curious like us. The beautiful thing is this bird gave us the chance to take some shots and the first people who came were lucky to have taken the shots when the Trogon was just on the ground.

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
February 26, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR


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