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Pak Thale, Thailand (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Pak Thale, Thailand

Map of Pak Thale, Thailand

Ploverpalooza Phetchaburi Motorbike
Spoonbill Sandpiper (Calidris pygmea) Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator) Broad-billed Sandpiper (Calidris falcinellus) Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginia) Tibetan Sand Plover (Charadrius atrifrons) Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)
Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii) - Female Malaysian Plover (Charadrius peronii) Striated Heron (Butorides striata) Giant Mudskipper (Periophthalmus schlosseri) Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) Streak-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus conradi)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) Spoonbill Sandpiper (Calidris pygmea) Oriental Pipit (Anthus rufulus) Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) Black-capped Kingfisher (Halcyon pileata) Siamese Pied Starling (Gracupica floweri) Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
Red Collared-Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica) Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata) Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)

Salt pans and mudflats.


Around The World in 66 Days

2/2/2013: After our exciting morning at the India Visa center, we entered the Bangkok transportation nightmare. We thought that we might take the train to Petchabuli, but we were unaware of the general late running status of the trains in Thailand. The heat and humidity at the train station was appalling, and we finally gave it up to take the airconditioned taxi/minibus combo.

After spending the night in Petchaburi, we rented a motorbike to explore the coast. I was hoping for the pink motorbike with the "666" license plate, but we got the powder blue one instead. Looking on the map, our destination in Pak Thale seemed close, but it seems a lot further when you are riding in the gutter so that the regular traffic won't run you down.

We arrived fairly early to the shorebird spot, where the spoon-billed sandpiper had been seen, and we spent a couple of hours looking for it. We saw ploverpalooza there for sure, but we could not find the sandpiper. When the tour bus rolled in, we gave up and went looking for lunch.

After lunch, we noticed that a few cars were leaving the shorebird site at the same time. I thought that maybe it would be worth giving it another look. A couple of other people pointed out the sandpiper before leaving. It was pretty amazing to see a migrating bird of which there are something like 30 left in the world. As I watched the sandpiper, another one flew in to the same pond.

After visiting this area, we continued south on the coastal road until we arrived in an area that looked like the place for boat trips. When trying to find the boat place, however, we encountered some motorbike chasing dogs which was not good. We finally found the boat trip, and rode off to a nearby sandbar and beach which were nearly empty.

Previous Visit (Bangkok: 2/1/2013)
Next Visit (Hua Hin: 2/4/2013)

Species Recorded (64)

Birds ( 62 )

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Pied Harrier - Circus melanoleucos

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Little Cormorant - Microcarbo niger
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo
Indian Cormorant - Phalacrocorax fuscicollis

Anhingas ( Anhingidae )
Oriental Darter - Anhinga melanogaster

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea
Chinese Pond-Heron - Ardeola bacchus
Striated Heron - Butorides striata
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
Yellow Bittern - Ixobrychus sinensis

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
White-bellied Sea-Eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster
Brahminy Kite - Haliastur indus
Black Kite - Milvus migrans

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Kentish Plover - Charadrius alexandrinus
Tibetan Sand Plover - Charadrius atrifrons
Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubius
Greater Sand-Plover - Charadrius leschenaultii
Malaysian Plover - Charadrius peronii
Black-bellied Plover - Pluvialis squatarola

Stilts and Avocets ( Recurvirostridae )
Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos
Sanderling - Calidris alba
Dunlin - Calidris alpina
Broad-billed Sandpiper - Calidris falcinellus
Curlew Sandpiper - Calidris ferruginea
Spoon-billed Sandpiper - Calidris pygmaea
Red-necked Stint - Calidris ruficollis
Great Knot - Calidris tenuirostris
Bar-tailed Godwit - Limosa lapponica
Spotted Redshank - Tringa erythropus
Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola
Nordmann's Greenshank - Tringa guttifer
Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia
Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa stagnatilis

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida
Brown-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus
Caspian Tern - Hydroprogne caspia
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Zebra Dove - Geopelia striata
Spotted Dove - Spilopelia chinensis
Red Collared-Dove - Streptopelia tranquebarica

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Asian Koel - Eudynamys scolopaceus

( Dacelonidae )
Collared Kingfisher - Todiramphus chloris

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Black-capped Kingfisher - Halcyon pileata

Bee-eaters ( Meropidae )
Green Bee-eater - Merops orientalis

Larks ( Alaudidae )
Oriental Skylark - Alauda gulgula

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Bank Swallow - Riparia riparia

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Streak-eared Bulbul - Pycnonotus conradi

Prinias and Apalis ( Cisticolidae )
Plain Prinia - Prinia inornata

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Large-billed Crow - Corvus macrorhynchos
Racket-tailed Treepie - Crypsirina temia

Fantails ( Rhipiduridae )
Malaysian Pied-Fantail - Rhipidura javanica

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Oriental Magpie-Robin - Copsychus saularis

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Paddyfield Pipit - Anthus rufulus

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Brown Shrike - Lanius cristatus

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Common Myna - Acridotheres tristis
Siamese Pied Starling - Gracupica floweri

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Chestnut Munia - Lonchura atricapilla
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus




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