Doi Angkhang Royal Project

Doi Angkhang Royal Project is one of the best birding sites at Doi Angkhang, Chiang Mai. These photos were taken back in September when I had several chances to visit the place before leaving to Germany. No special rarity but I can always enjoy observing and taking photos of the usual common birds.

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One of the best spots for birding inside the Royal Project is the restaurant’s balcony where you can watch birds at eye level or lower. Luckily, there were many flowering mistletoes on a large tree in front of the balcony, so we could observe many nectar-eating birds at close range. This was one of the many adult Plain Flowerpeckers.

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Not the most attractive bird, but I enjoyed taking photos of it among the flowers!

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Here’s a juvenile Plain Flowerpecker. Note the pinkish bill base and a rather innocent look.

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Many Dark-backed Sibias were also there for the nectar. This one’s an immature bird.

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‘Golden-fronted’ Sibia!? Nope, just the pollen.

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Meanwhile, it also enjoyed some protein meals like this unfortunate bee.

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Few female Black-throated Sunbirds were also there. But I didn’t see any beautiful male though….

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Lots of Oriental White-eyes were also constantly visiting the tree, but it was extremely difficult to get a decent shot.

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Distinct yellow stripe in the middle of the belly proves that it’s really an Oriental White-eye (ssp. siamensis).

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Some more shots of the adult Plain Flowerpecker. Sometimes these tiny birds came really close.

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Another photo of it while resting among the flowers.

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Blue-winged Minla was another regular visitor at the flowering trees. This one sure enjoyed the abundance of food that its forehead was all filled with yellow pollen.

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It was raining for most the time, so the plumage looked really scruffy.

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But they actually look nice and cute in normal dry plumage. Note the difference in iris colour. This one here has dark iris unlike the ones before which has whitish iris. Most probably the ones with dark iris are younger birds, while the ones with whitish iris are adults.

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And that’s how it got its name! In good light and perfect angle, you can clearly see that the wings and tail are bright blue.

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2 thoughts on “Doi Angkhang Royal Project

  1. I think the flowerpeckers are striking. So compact and with that large eye they are quite photogenic and of course you made the most of them with this beautiful series.

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