I started by trips to Land of Smiles in 2012 and the images selected here documents the numerous trips and expenditure incurred to live my photographic odyssey.
Sri Phang Nga National Park (March 2013)
The Si Phang Nga National Park is about a 2 hour drive from the airport in Phuket. One can rent a tent to stay in the park or choose to stay outside (15 mins away at about 500 baht each night- about S$20/-). Banded Pittas, Green Broadbills, Dwarf Kingfishers, Asian Paradise Flycatchers are found in the park. The Chestnut-naped Forktails frequent the forest streams and are easy to photograph too. However, the park closes at 5pm.
Dry season is the best time for bird photography in Land of Smiles. At Keang Kra Chan, scarcity of water means animals and birds will congregate at water holes. Shooting from hides is ideal as you will be unnoticed at close distance. A number of artificially created pools of water are popular amongst birders and bird photographers. Most sought after is Uncle Sin’s puddle. The forest at KKC National Park is another site (Long-tailed Broadbill, White-fronted Scop Owl, etc).
Green Broadbill (Sri Phang Nga NP)
Spotted Owlet and White-fronted Scop Owl (Keang Kra Chan)
Silver-breasted Broadbill (Kaeng Kra Chan)
Chestnut-naped Forktail (Sri Phang Nga NP)
Banded Pitta, Male and female (Sri Phang Nga NP)
Long-tailed Broadbill (aka the Elvis Presley bird) – Keang Kra Chan)
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