I could get used to a life at Railay beach. Everything is calm and easy, and the party of Norwegian students are relaxing bigtime! Today we went for the mangroves near Krabi. On the boatride from Railay to Krabi we ticked off three new trip species: Whimbrel, Common Tern and Little Tern. In Krabi we hired a boat and driver at the harbour (many offers), and drove into yet another new habitat for the trip, the mangroves.
We drove around for some time in the mangroves, and enjoyed lots of feeding kingfishers. The Brown-winged Kingfisher was my favorite. A kingfisher at the size of a crow! The first Lesser Whistling Ducks of the trip were seen, and the rarity highlights of the day (and trip?) was a Chinese Egret feeding on a bank inside the mangrove forest, and a Masked Finfoot cryptically swimming in between the mangro roots. New passerines for the trip were Malaysian Pied-Fantail, Striated Swallow and Plain-throated Sunbird. In the more open part of the boatride we saw quite a few terns feeding, and we managed to pick out 5 Black-naped Terns among them.
Back in Krabi we found a small field of grass where there were quite a few birds. Several Richard's Pipits fed on the ound, while at least 15 Pacific Swallows flew around the field. Not much of interest back at Railay, but all through the day we have seen different Brahminy Kites in the air.
November 2018: Fieldwork in three IBA's in Nepal