A day trip to Nakorn Nayok is not enough. Though in one day you could get as much birds as they show up, but returning to this lovely scenic birding area is a must. There are so many to watch and study and the best time must be October to January though we have come at the end of the month of September, we were enjoying the birds. One must have a vehicle when you are at Pak Phli; at least a truck or an SUV, it is muddy and soft, and we got stuck into a deep muddy part of the dirt road for five minutes and lucky the big spikes of our tires dugged down into hard soil and we escaped. There are so many roads to take just to go around finding the birds that you want to see. The Red Avadavat is a tricky birding experience, we took hides somewhere in Latkrabang and we were unsuccessful for two times and this is just the first time in Pak Phli but yet this bird showed up that day by pairs and in flocks. This is the best we can take so far and they kept there distance from us all the time. We have more but all taken from a safe distance enough for us to see and share the beauty of this bird. The closest encounter I had with the Avadavat was in Uthaitani. The Avadavats in tiny cages are sold for temple merits and stuff, I bought a pair, Arpha and I released them right away. Next time we are going to do our best to find this red beauty and we know it takes time. We used a hide yesterday and yet it did not work, driving through was still the best option especially it was really hot yesterday.
Pak Phli, Nakorn Nayok, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
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