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Chaloem Phrakiat NP July 13, 2015

Continuing my quest to explore this park, I was back there again this week for another forage around. Today was the best birding I've had there so far with some new ticks for this little known park. The highlights for me had to be White-browed Piculets in two different locations and a Rufous-bellied Niltava (a lifer for me). Blue-winged Pittas were out in abundance with one pair feeding chicks. I got a good idea of the nest location, but didn't venture any further so not to disturb them too much.

Other sightings included Spangled and Greater Racket-tailed Drongoes, Green-eared Barbets, Yellow-vented and Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers, Abbot's and Puff-throated Babblers, Lesser-necklaced Laughingthrushes, a Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Mugimaki Flycatchers, Hill and Golden-crested Mynas and a single Hooded Pitta was heard.

To my mind this place just keeps getting better with every visit. Although I have seen most of these species many times before, it's been a real buzz finding them again without KNOWING exactly which spot to head for as with KK. I will return there again next Saturday and hopefully the young Pittas will be out and about.

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