We hadn't been back since '08 and remember it being a great location to drive around and shoot from vehicle, shore birds, herons, grebes, cormorants, and kingfishers.
The best shot i ever got of a White-throated Kingfisher was at Lam Pak Bia so i was excited about getting back to the King's project, a mangrove reaseach centre the public was free to drive around and bird in, after signing in with the guards.
Our morning starts with excitement on the road, what looked like a very small quail scrurred back into the brush before we could pull over, too bad.
We arrived at Lam Pak Bia with a slight drizzle in the air, but still decent enough conditions, especially when shooting from a car.
Javan Pond-heron hunting
Asian Pied Starling
Not too bad so far, the real amazement came a bit later when we spotted a couple of Lesser Whistling-ducks, in close!
I've never been able to get close to any sort of duck in Thailand before, they are extremely wary and just not all that common, so seeing a pair hunkered down, waiting out the rain perhaps or just resting before flying was really cool.
Using a vehicle as blind was the trick i guess.
Near the end of our day we spotted some incredible nest-building going on by the side of the road in the shade of a palm tree.
Baya Weavers are aptly named, check out that condo!
Biggest shame of the day however was missing the chance to finally get a shot of a Snipe, we saw two in the tall grass but they had vanished by the time we turned the car around to get a better look. Alas.
Did get some other birds as the rain picked up.
Black-winged Stilt chick
we have now almost driven over these guys by accident on two continents, thankfully it was all good, the parents were flying around in a panic and we figured there had to be young ones nearby, sure enough. : )
Little Heron sporting "bling"
Black-crowned Night-heron balancing act
Collared Kingfisher saying "come again!"
There were indeed kingfishers at Lam Pak Bia, a point hammered home on the drive back as there seemed to be kingfishers on all the powerlines, we even saw a family together, should have stopped for that shot..