Lat Krabang, eBird hotspot Lat Krabang paddies is easy accesiable from Bangkok located just a little North-east of Suvarnabhumi International. It makes it a perfect bird watching destination if you have a few hours over when staying in Bangkok, 200 + checklists and 183 species observed as beginning of May 2020. So if you have a few hours with nothing to do there is really no excuse NOT to go there.
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I usually don't use any bird watching Guide in / around Bangkok. It can be a good idea to have a Guide to help me identify all the birds I see. As it is now my eBird checklists are not very impressive as I can only ID half of the birds I see.
So I have rented a taxi for a full day and he will pick me up at 6 o'clock in the morning.
You will need a car and if you don't have your own a taxi is a very convenient way of travelling. Depending on the early morning traffic it will take about 30-45 minutes to get to Lat Krabang. Taxi is about 150 - 200 Baht (May 2020) + toll.
But you need a car to drive around the area so make a deal with the taxi driver, 1000 - 2000 Baht (May 2020). And of course, depending on your negotiation skills.
To make sure that the driver understand you can show the below Thai Script:
• Lat Krabang เขตลาดกระบัง
Or show the driver a map. Click HERE for a map to Lat Krabang paddies
Scan for map to Lat Krabang paddies
Take the Bangkok - Chonburi Motorway (Route #7) and pass the exit to Suvarnabhumi and continue for about 3 km towards Chonburi and exit the highway. You pass one U-turn bridge and then another brige before exit. As soon as you have exit you make a U-turn under the highway.
Turn left on the other side of the highway and follow the highway until you reach a bridge and turn right before the bridge and you reach a intersection. Turn left and drive under the highway and then left again and after a few meters you turn right at the 7 Eleven. Go straight for a kilometer or so and you are in the middle of the Lat Krabang paddies.
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Weather / climate
Weather, I don´t know if Bangkok is the hottest capital in the world. But this is what they say and I have no reason to doubt this information because it is darn hot.
Thai National Parks - About the National Parks in Thailand A very good web page - Do you know that there are still wild tigers, elephants, leopards, tapirs, gaurs, bears and many monkey species in many tropical rainforests across Thailand? Do you also know that around 10% of all marine species in the world can be found in Thailand? And the fact that Thailand is the best bird-watching destination in mainland Asia?
National parks are protected areas of land because they have unspoilt landscapes and a diverse number of native plants and animals. There are 127 national parks in Thailand, of them 22 marine national parks. These parks offers a diverse range of flora and fauna, home to important population of endangered species.So now it will be easy to find out if there are any National Park close to you.
Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST) - The Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST) is one of the oldest organisations conserving birds and nature in Thailand and is the country partner of BirdLife International. BCST's role to the local community is to spread awareness about urban birds and reconnect people back to nature.
Dated back to 1986 when BCST was then a loosely-formed “Bangkok Birdwatching Club”, the Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis), or “Nok Gang Ken Baan” in Thai, has been chosen to represent the organisation.
There are two sites covering Thailand and I have used them many times. These two web pages are actually everything you need for your birding adventures in Thailand. All the information you need about all the birding spots. Click on the map and then select your spot and you will have maps and everything you need to know about the areas. They have put a lot of jobs in to their web pages, North Thailand Birding and thaibirding.com A must to visit before you go bird watching in Thailand.
thaibirding.com - Nick Upton's one stop only for all your birding in Thailand.
Use both www.thaibirding.com and www.norththailandbirding.com and you have a winner. Some of the maps on www.norththailandbirding.com are way better than Nick Upton´s, while some of Nick's maps are much more detailed. So I have found that if I use both the web pages for information, well, nothing else needed.
PBase/Peter Ericson - Peter Ericson, a guy I thought was from USA because of his family name. I met him at Lat Krabang Paddies in May 2020 and turned out that he was Swedish. Anyway, I have used his excellent page PBase since 2016 as help to ID birds by the help from his beautiful bird pictures.
Here you can also find information about birding tours.
Bangkok City Birding - A lot of interesting birding stories and information on this bird watching blog by David Gandy. Bangkok-based patch-worker in Suan Rot Fai, a large park close to the city's famous weekend market. He have recorded 150 species on his patch since 2008. As one of the only big green spaces in the city, “SRF” acts as a real magnet for migrants during spring and autumn, and holds a healthy selection of "sibes" during the winter months.
ebird - Find birding hotspots with bird checklists from all over the world
Avibase - is an extensive database information system about all birds of the world, containing over 25 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information for 12,000 regions, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages
www.oiseaux.net This web page is also excellent for identifying birds. There is information and range maps for many many birds from all over the world. This page is almost guaranteed to give you any answer you have about any bird in the world.
Cloudbirders - Read birding trip reports from all over the world
Fatbirder - Linking birders worldwide... Wildlife Travellers see their sister site: WAND
Fatbirder is a fantastic web page with information from, I think every country in the world. My first stop when I plan for my bird watching trips. There is information about locations and guides, well, pretty much everything you need to know. Sometimes this is the only place I need to visit to plan my trip.
BirdingPal - find a birding Guide around the world
And the web page you cannot live without. I have been around the world looking for birds. I usually have a Guide, but sometimes it is not possible to find a Guide. So, well, I have lost count on how many times I have had help to ID birds at BirdForum. Joining this forum have been very very good for my bird watching experience.
ClimaTemps.com is the place to learn about the worlds climates with more than 4000 locations documented. Each aspect of the climate is represented using colour enhanced tables and professional graphs so that data can easily be compared by switching between locations in different tabs in your browser.
“A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson”
A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson. New edition updated with 76 species since previous edition “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig” Nick Upton at www.thaibirding.com wrote “This quite excellent book is packed full of quality illustrations and written information on 1251 species recorded in Southeast Asia”
I bought this book for bird watching in Thailand, but it goes for all over SE Asia
I have been very happy with the “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson” But I had a fire in my condo 2019 and I needed to buy a new book. I was looking for the “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand and South East Asia by Craig Robson” as I liked the book. But this book is not available anymore so I had to buy the “A Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand” by Craig Robson.
What a disappointment this was, using the pictures in the book didn't helped to ID any birds.
“Birds of Thailand” by Uthai Treesuconand Wich'yanan Limparungpatthanakij
I met Peter Ericson, a famous bird watcher and he recommended the “Birds of Thailand” by Uthai Treesuconand Wich'yanan Limparungpatthanakij. I bought the book as soon as the book stores opened after the Wuhan virus. And I am very happy with the book and I have managed to ID some birds using the book.
This new field guide will help you identify all 1049 species to have been recorded in the country to date, including the 20 species endemic or near-endemic to Thailand.
-Taxonomy follows the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World.
-Detailed texts covering status, habitat and behaviour, age, sex and geographical variation, voice, and confusion species.
-Almost 2200 illustrations covering all species and distinctive subspecies, birds in flight, males and females, juveniles and non-breeding plumages, where appropriate.
-QR code for each species, linking to the Internet Bird Collection gallery of photos, videos and sounds.
-More than 1025 full-colour range maps for all species other than vagrants.
-Well-marked subspecies groups receive full accounts, and the distributions of subspecies breeding in the region are clearly mapped.
-Local species name and local conservation status included.
I like the book, but I miss the picture index.
Places to visit
Lat Krabang paddies
About 32 km from the Sukhumvit / Asoke intersection in DOWN TOWN Bangkok
eBird hotspot Lat Krabang paddies and this is a world famous birding spot. And I qoute Peter Ericson: “Lots of wetland birds as well as scrub dwelling critters.” And I actually met Mr. Ericson while birding at Lat Krabang paddies, his 99th time at Lat Krabang paddies.
It is a beautiful area, even if you have the SE Asian problem “garbage” It is very nice area to use your car driving along the dirt tracks and you really are able to get close to the birds using the car as a hide.
It is beautiful around Lat Krabang
I never use any bird lists, but since I try to make it in to Cloudbirders. A very helpful site when planning your birding trips. But they ask for a bird checklist, and if I use their service, of course I want to contribute as well. My two first bird watching trip reports was rejected by Cloudbirders.
So I started to take ideas from the reports I found on Cloudbirders. So I have started to use bird lists, eBird generate one for me and I can post it on Cloudbirders. I will post my birds on eBird and on my different “BIRDS THAT I HAVE OBSERVED” pages.
Full Thai list updated to the taxonomy, nomenclature and sequence of the IOU/IOC World Bird List. The complete checklist, including Thai names and synonyms, can be downloaded in Excel format - Thailand Bird Checklist. - Version 8.2 (2018) - found at www.norththailandbirding.com
Check lists can come in handy to find out the local name of the bird etc. And Avibase have a list with pictures and sounds, excellent!
So I will post bird checklists here and if my Guides provide me with checklists I will also post them here.
Bangkok bird checklist from Avibase, click HERE - eBird version 2019 taxonomy
Avibase is providing you with bird checklists from all over the world. And I´m impressed by their web page. Select country and area and you get the bird checklist. Like the PDF files I got from Avibase on the links above. You also get the checklist with pictures and sounds.
The best part is that you get the local names of the birds and the online checklist gives the names in English plus the language you have selected. But it seems like the PDF cannot handle some alphabet.
For example the Japanese language so it is blank in the PDF checklist. But it worked excellent with Swedish. But you get them in the local language on the online version.
I only list birds I have got on picture on my list of OBSERVED BIRDS. But since I started using eBird I have changed a bit. I list all the birds on the eBird checklist. See the DAY TO DAY report in the itinerary below.
31st of March 2022 and we leave my condo 20 minutes past 6 o'clock as I was a little late getting out of bed. Light morning traffic so we made the trip in a jiff. I started my eBird app where I usually stop the app. We will drive towards west and then back the same way again covering both sides of the road.
Turning in to the road and I spotted a group of 5 Grey Herons in the rice paddy on the right-hand side. There were 3 Painted Storks as well, and of course, a lot of Black-winged Stilts and Pond Herons. And after another 100 meters I was lucky to get a picture of a Waterhen on the left-hand side of the road.
Grey Herons, Painted Storks and Stilts in the fields
We stopped to have a look for the White-browed Crakes in the small pond covered with some vegetation. Same place I see them every time and there were two of them and I think it is a couple. Baby season and I see them with babies. I spotted both birds today but they were foraging away from each other.
We continue and I ask the driver to stop so I could take pictures of a Great Egret sitting on a bush. The bird was flushed and then I discovered that there were birds in the ditch as well.
And when they took off I saw that one of them was a Black-headed Ibis. Well, I saw that it was an Ibis and they were rare for the area so I just chose Ibis sp. and I found out that it was a Black-headed Ibis from my book when I was back home.
I asked the driver to stop the engine and we were waiting hoping for the birds to return. After a while one Great Egret and a Pond Heron (Winter plumage so not possible to give a proper ID) came back to perch on the bush.
We continue straight out on the dirt road leaving the paved road behind. We see a Greater Coucal and we are soon stopping to try to get a picture of a Red-wattled Lapwing. We had spotted a couple of Painted Storks in the paddies and a group of ten flying pas us before.
But now we spotted a huge group of Painted Storks in a field. I never seen so many Painted Storks before and I put 100 for observed in my eBird app.
We reached the end of the dirt road and there were yet again a huge group of Painted Storks. We turn around and we drive back the same way we came and we were soon to see on Plaintive Cuckoo sitting in a bush. Too far away for any good pictures, but we can see that it is a Plaintive Cuckoo.
We have heard several of the Plaintive Cuckoos but this one was the first one we could see.
I spotted another bird that I could not ID so I tried to get pictures, but the bird was very far away. I got a very poor picture so I could ID the bird as an Amur Stonechat. We continued and we were soon back on the paved road.
We stopped to see if we could see the Ibis but no luck, of course, why should the bird come back to the exact same spot again. But there was a Pond Heron and a Great Egret looking for food in the mud at the bottom of the ditch.
I will be back here again so I might see the Ibis again. We continue towards east and we are passing plenty weavers busy building their nests along the road. We are approaching the T intersection where we will turn south and I will turn off my eBird app.
I spotted a group of Little Ringed Plovers and some Grey-headed Lapwing far out in the rice field.
Weaver nest next to the road
Little Ringed Plovers
Chinese and Java Pond Heron
Lat Krabang--Thap Yao paddies & aquaculture ponds, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon [Bangkok], TH
31 Mar 2022 07:33 - 10:02
42 species (+1 other taxa)
Little Grebe 1
Feral Pigeon X
Red Collared Dove X Many
Spotted Dove 1
Zebra Dove X Many
Greater Coucal 1
Asian Koel X Heard only
Plaintive Cuckoo 4
White-browed Crake 2 I think it is the same two (a pair) birds I see there every time for the last two years. And it is soon time for them to have babies again
White-breasted Waterhen 1
Black-winged Stilt X Many
Grey-headed Lapwing 8 8 Birds together in one group in a field
Red-wattled Lapwing 4
Little Ringed Plover 6
Bronze-winged Jacana 9 5 baby - One adult walking with 5 babies
Whiskered Tern 25
Asian Openbill X Many
Painted Stork 100 1 group of 10 flying + 50 ++ in a field
Little Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 6 5 Together in one paddy
Great White Egret 5
Intermediate Egret 25
Little Egret 5
Cattle Egret 3
Chinese Pond Heron 14
Javan Pond Heron 9
pond heron sp. 4 Winter plumage so no proper ID
Black-headed Ibis 1 Flushed together with Pond Herons and White Egrets when we stopped to take pictures of an Egret in a bush
Malaysian Pied-Fantail 3
Black Drongo 3 One perching in a tree and one perched on a wire. Looks like they caught sight of the same food at the same time and both of them dived at the same time
Brown Shrike 1
Plain Prinia 4 One of the four sighted singing from a tree
Barn Swallow 50
Streak-eared Bulbul 2
Asian Pied Starling 1
Common Myna 1
Great Myna 19
Oriental Magpie-Robin 2 Male + female chasing each other
Amur Stonechat 1 Very poor picture, kept for ID purpose only
Asian Golden Weaver X Many all over the area. Busy building nests
House Sparrow X
Eurasian Tree Sparrow 20
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Manchurian) 2 Poor picture, kept for ID purpose only. In my book this is a Mongolian Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla (tschutschensis) macronyx
I turn off the eBird app and we continue towards Samut Prakan, Bangkok where I will meet my friend. Took us about an hour to reach Samut Prakan, it is close to where I use to go birding at Bang Pu. My friend had been at my place yesterday as he wanted to learn how to make our Bacon and Cheese omelette.
Working all night long and our Cook on board m/t Roy Maersk made this omelette for us. My friend really liked it and he tried to do the same when back home but he never managed to get it right.
So I promised to show him how to do it, and he came by yesterday for some omelette extravaganza.
Chief Officer and Captain living on Faroe Islands and my friend asked if their wife’s wanted a souvenir. I will go to Danube Delta to look for birds in April. And I will also visit Poland and Faroe Islands to have a look for birds. So, my friend asked if I could bring souvenirs to Faroe Islands.
I would ask them if they wanted souvenirs, even though I knew that most likely no one would like to be caught wearing something like that on Faroe Islands, or anywhere else.
- Shh! Please don't tell anyone!
Souvenirs for our friends on Faroe Islands
We took off towards Big C to go to the gold shop as I needed to do some changes for the cover to my หลวงปู่เฒ่ายิ้ม amulet. We were told that it would be ready tomorrow and my friend would bring it to me on Sunday.
We left Big C to drive to Robinson as there were more restaurants. And I was a wee bit scared to go visit a restaurant as I cannot eat any carbs due to my blood sugar levels.
We found a S&P and we went inside to have a seat at the table. I ordered tea and a teriyaki chicken without rice. Just the meat!
I was impressed with myself
And I was really impressed with myself, just tea and chicken, not many carbs. Must have been the first time in my life visiting a restaurant without ordering everything from the menu. I had really enjoyed the time with my friend even though he was eating all the good stuff fom the menu.
I was proud of myself when we left and I am really looking forward to visit the boxing gym tomorrow. They reopen tomorrow after some Covid cases. Anyway, I will go look for birds at Suan Rot Fai tomorrow so just click HERE to find out if I see any birds.
OK, it has come to my knowledge that we have senior citizens visiting my web page. How hard can it be? So it's not very easy for them to see the blue coloured links to the next page.
Jiffy (also jiff)
noun [in SING.] informal a moment: we'll be back in a jiffy.
ORIGIN late 18th cent.: of unknown origin.
So as you understand, in a jiff pretty much depends on your internet.
So I put a “Next” button here and I hope that there isn't any problem to understand how to use that one. So just CLICK the “Next” button on your left hand side and you will be on the next page in a jiff!
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