After the first night in the town fairly near the railway station we moved on to a quieter place on the Chao Phraya river in the SW corner of the 'island'. The Athithara Homestay suited us very nicely and was next to an excellent quiet park with many old ruins, very few people and some relatively undisturbed wilder habitat. As a result the wildlife was pretty good and we stayed all week.
Kingfishers were particularly well represented. Up to 4 Pied Kingfishers plied the river in front of the guesthouse and Common, White-throated, Black-capped and Stork-billed Kingfishers all showed well in the park. Owls were also pretty good with Asian Barred and Spotted Owlets both showing well. Small Minivets were quite common with 2 even turning up at the railway station when we left.
Yellow Bittern was quite numerous and a wintering Thick-billed Warbler was another highlight. Lineated Barbets were particularly plentiful, Plaintive cuckoos could be quite showy and Red-wattled Lapwings were everywhere. Singing Dark-necked Tailorbird seen on first day appears to be quite unusual here perhaps.
Other wildlife included several Water Monitors, a few common Treeshrews and at one of the outer temples (Wat Chai Watthanaram) a colony of Free-tailed Bats.
|White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis|
|Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis|
|Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata|
|Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis|
|Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis|
|Spotted Owlet Athene brama|
|Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus|
|Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus|
|Plaintive Cuckoo Cacomantis merulinus|
|Oriental Magpie-robin Copsychus saularis|
|Little Cormorant Microcarbo niger|
|Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata|
|Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis|
|Free-tail Bats Molossidae|
|Giant Crab Spider Sparassidae|
|Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus|
|Blue Glassy Tiger Ideopsis vulgaris|
|Kapok Bug Probergrothius nigricornis|
Red Collared Dove
Great White Egret
Chinese Pond Heron
Asian Barred Owlet
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Eurasian Tree Sparrow