Thursday 15 March 2012

Thailand: Day 4

Our 4th day in Thailand mostly involved driving from Pak Thale to Khao Yai National Park. On the way we made a few stops including one very productive stop at a marsh.

The marsh contained some familiar species such as this Common Kingfisher:

But also some new species such as Pheasant-tailed Jacanas - they have huge toes, but you can't see them here:

And this Sunda Cuckoo (cuckoos are notoriously difficult to ID so I may be wrong on this one):

Black-shouldered Kites were very common - last year I visited Spain hoping to see this species but I couldn't find one, so I was happy to see them in Thailand:

Asian Openbills seemed to be everywhere that day even though we didn't see any on the previous days:

A stop at the ancient city of Ayutthaya was neat. The city was founded in 1350 because the King wanted to escape a smallpox outbreak. It has some big monasteries and other relics that are now, slowly, deteriorating. Check out this statue that was engulfed by a tree: