Found in Northeast India, Myanmar, Bhutan, Yunnan, and also in Thailand; the Red-faced Liocichla’s natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forest exactly as Doi Lang’s.
The Drive from Bangkok to Chiang Rai then Fang, border provinces of Chiang Mai towards the border of Myanmar, was proven daunting and difficult. After driving for eleven hours, we stopped at the Nam Kham Nature Reserve for the Frirethroat and then we drove to Fang for another two hours and another two hours going up the mountain of Doi Lang is such extreme condition. As it is Songkran and the hottest part of the Thai summer, we were met with thick fog, rain, strong winds, on the mountain and all of these elements made it difficult for me to drive on rough broken road up the mountain. It was a struggle for my truck in spite of the fact that I had everything carefully planned, engine conditioned and parts changed, fluids and filters replaced and filled, typical radiator replaced to aluminum one in which it could cool my engine during long drives and difficult long steep climbs.
All of the troubles and difficulties put together, we were all happy to have had such experiences just to find and see this lovely bird up there, the Red-faced Liocichla. Tomorrow we journey to Doi Ang Khang, the last day of our birding adventure in Chiang Mai, and then we wait for next year again.
Doi Lang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
April 16, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR