I spent a fabulous week during November 2009 in the tropical climate of Chiang Mai, Thailand, enjoying the Thai hospitality and absorbing the culture. Whilst there I took the opportunity to do some bird watching and photography in the nearby rain forested mountains, Doi Inthanon and Doi Suthep (and in the hotel's gardens, too!). Doi Inthanon, the highest point in Thailand (2565m), is renowned for the number of bird species found there, though I did not have enough time in the single day to see many of the bird species available. Also I missed the morning and evening peaks for bird activity. Next time.....

One of my fondest memories was lying poolside one evening in the warm air watching a few swallows and bats go through their acrobatic manoeuvres overhead hawking for insects. I was truly mesmerised by their most skilful displays of flying!


Male Crimson Sunbird (Doi Inthanon) Dark backed Sibia (Doi Inthanon)

Chestnut-tailed Minla (Doi Inthanon)

Red Whiskered Bulbul (Chiang Mai)

Great Tit (Doi Suthep) Ashy Drongo (Doi Suthep) Spotted Turtledove enjoying a drink from the Hotel pool (Chiang Mai) Olive backed Sunbird (Doi Inthanon)


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