Birding Donau-Auen Lobau National Park, Vienna When: September 2018 Weather: Cool 20C Nikon P900 We took an uber from downtown Vienna to the National Park Visitor Centre (NationalParkHaus Wien-Lobau is what you search for on … Continue reading
Birding in Hangzhou Bay Wetland National Park When: September 2018 Weather: Warm: 25-28C Nikon P900 and Leica M9P 35mm summilux Having the luxury of a whole day free … Continue reading
Birding Kasai Rinkai Koen , Tokyo When: September 2018 Weather: Hot 28C Nikon P900 In Tokyo for 24 hours and made it to the Kasai Rinkai Koen, a bayside park just 20min from Tokyo Station by JR. Arriving at … Continue reading
Birding at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve, San Francisco When: August 2018 Weather hot at noon: 20C Nikon P900 Staying in Foster City just south of San Francisco airport which I … Continue reading
The common flameback woodpecker perched on a tree next to the road…taken by an iPhone, courtesy of GH. Kranji Marshes again in August When: August 2018 Weather: hot 28C Nikon P900 When I bring visitors or new birders, I … Continue reading
Hong Kong Park Birding When: August 2018 Weather: Hot, muggy 28C Leica M240 35mm summilux and Nikon P900 It’s always nice when the hotel I’m staying in is close to a park….in this … Continue reading
Fishing & Birding in Kuching, Sarawak When: August 2018 Weather : Variable, windy, rainy, 25-33C Nikon P900 Leica M240 35mm Summilux This was our fishing trip to the South China Sea, heading out from … Continue reading
Birding Doi Inthanon, Thailand (warning: long post)
When: July 2018 Weather: Terrible! Rain and mist. 13-25C
At the end of our conference, a group of 8 of us hired a guide called Wittawat who picked us up in a van and pickup for a 3 day, 2 night birding adventure up Doi Inthanon, a renowned birding site about 1.5 hours southwest of Chiangmai city. With a 6am start, we arrived in our accommodation at Mae Krang Luang about 730am; picturesque but basic huts by the river in pretty landscaped gardens. We headed off to Mr Daeng’s cafe for breakfast in the main visitor centre area ten minutes away….it was raining of course but we started shooting in the gardens whilst waiting for breakfast….
We then headed to the second checkpoint, or just after it and waited for the birds to show…
At the summit, we started our hunt for the endemic green tailed sunbird…THE bird of Doi Inthanon…
We then made a dash for the small shops and cafetaria…to our surprise there was some bird activity despite the rain!
The next day we went to the second checkpoint again early in the morning to try and get the grey bellied tesia which we had heard the day before….but it just wouldn’t show.. we then tried to look for the spectacled barwing…
Our guide then brought us to a place lower down the hill, where there was a nesting hole of some collared falconets….so we sat down to wait for them to return home to roost….and whilst we waited…
Alas they didn’t come home to roost and our guide reckons that they may have found a new home to house all 6 or 7 of them.
Our last morning, we sat down to breakfast in a little cafe overlooking our huts, and were treated to a wonderful display by male and female scarlet minivets…surely one of the most brilliant of our tropical birds…
3 days 2 nights in Doi Inthanon with very decent birding despite the inclement weather. Thanks to our guide Wittawat!. Highly recommended but go during the winter months at the end of the year and you should get better weather!
Day trip to Takaosan, Japan When: June 2018 weather: warm 25C Nikon P900 Leica Q I had a morning free whilst in Tokyo recently and decided to try a day trip to Takaosan or Mount Takao, about an hour’s … Continue reading
Birding Gauteng, Johannesburg When: June 2018 Weather: cool 10C Leica Q Nikon P900 Returning from my Amazonia escapade in Brazil, I had a 6.5hour layover in Johannesburg and considered leaving the … Continue reading