After the successful twitch of the Brown-breasted Flycatcher in this post, my friend and I headed up to the highest summit of Doi Inthanon where the weather was unbelievably kind. We initially thought that it would be extremely foggy and raining all day but instead the weather cleared up after a brief period of rain. Birds at the summit immediately came out to dry themselves.
We came across a newly fledged Snowy-browed Flycatcher staying in a small garden in front of the coffee shop. It was extremely tame and super cute. I waited to see if the parents would come to feed it or not but apparently, it was already feeding by itself.
Inside Ang Ka Trail, I came across a very showy male White-browed Shortwing which kept singing its sweet loud song just by the board-walk without fearing of the passers-by. Despite extremely low light which made photography much more difficult, I just love how fresh the habitat looks. It’s the best thing about taking photos of birds in rainy season.
I came across a wave inside the trail which consisted of a few Yellow-cheeked Tits, a Chestnut-crowned Warbler, many Rufous-winged Fulvettas and an unidentified leaf warbler which could either be a Davison’s or Blyth’s Leaf Warbler. I also accidentally found a nest of White-browed Shortwing which was located on a tree trunk just by the board-walk. I wouldn’t have spotted it, if I hadn’t seen the parents coming to feed the chicks. The nest is extremely well camouflaged.
In the open swamp in the centre of the trail, I found a parent Hill Prinia finding food for the chicks. The nest was located in thick grass. The bird was very worn and has lost the long tail feathers. Before leaving the trail, I could finally had a brief encounter with the tiny Pygmy Wren-babbler which showed up around the entrance. It was extremely difficult to photograph as it always kept moving through the dark forest floor just like a mouse.
The sun amazingly broke through in late afternoon making small birds become super active. I came across a fast-moving bird-wave which came passing by the roadside. I spotted a scarce and mostly overlooked Yellow-browed Tit joining the wave, so I decided to try using playback. It immediately came to look for the source of the call and allowed me to get some really nice shots of it up close. It was the first time for me to get a decent shot of this species.
Since the sun was shining so brightly, a Davison’s Leaf Warbler which was joining the bird-wave decided to stop and sunbathe! It’s definitely a rare sight to see a leaf warbler sunbathing. It kept spreading its wings and tail for almost a minute then started to preen. Other regular birds of the summit also came out to enjoy the sunlight as well, including a pair of Silver-eared Laughingthrushes and many Chestnut-tailed Minlas. These birds must have missed sunshine so badly. However, just after we decided leave, heavy rain clouds gathered and the rain poured down so hard it was almost scary to drive downhill. I guess we were really lucky to have sunlight for birding throughout the day!