Myanmar bird watching tour 2-28 Dec 2013
A fantastic tour to many different habitats and interesting meetings with native people.
The logistics worked out well, with only a few late flights. We mostly slept in modest places, two times in private homes, two nights in tent, but also in nice hotels. We had great drivers and jeeps.
All together the trip was a success with 517 species observed or heard.
Day 1. Arrival at Yangoon airport 09.00.
The local guide Ko Teth took us to our hotel and then to Whlaga Park outside of Yangoon.
We saw Racket-tailed treepie, black-naped oriole, blossom-headed parakeet, rosy minivet, long-tailed minivet, chesnut-headed bee-eater, oriental honey-buzzard, red collared dove, black-throated sunbird, asian openbill, blue pitta (heard).
Day 2. Airplane to Heho were we met Ko Pan,
our guide for the rest of the trip, and our driver U Than Aye. We drove to a monastery outside Pindaya were we spent the night. Himalayan buzzard, eurasian hobby, burmese shrike, were some of the birds on the way.
Day 3-6 Pindaya mountains
Trecking up to the Ashaemyin-mountains, with eight carriers, to our tent-camp, high up with a great view. Second day. a trip to the highest peek in the area.
Third day, trecking back to the monastry, through dense forrests and steep hills.
Fourth day, easy two hours walking down to our car.
Then to Pindaya by car and a walk on the town.
Burmese yuhina, siberian thrush, spectable barwing, brown-breasted bulbul,
oriental and chesnut-flanked white-eye, orange-bellied leafbird, grey-chinned minivet,
scarlet-breasted flowerpecker, fork-tailed swift, and many different warblers.
dark-backed sibia, golden-throated barbet, white-browed shrike babbler, slender-billed oriole
and white-headed bulbul. Red-rumped swallow, long-legged buzzard, mountain hawk eagle,
purple and green cochoa, yellow-bellied and white-throated fantail, crow-billed drongo, besra,
white-browed scimitar babbler, white-browed thrush, olive-backet pipit, black bulbul,
red throated flycatcher, purple sunbird, common buzzard, green magpie, zitting cisticola,
lineated barbet, brown shrike, collared myna, buff-barred warbler, slaty-blue flycatcher,
plain flowpecker, white-throated rockthrush.
Day 7. Air to Bagan.
Birding in the temple area. In just three hours we saw all the possible endemics exept rain quail. Jerdon´s minivet, burmese bushlark, hooded treepie, white-throated babbler, burmese shrike,
plain-backed sparrow, streaked-eared bulbul, laggar falcon, white eyed buzzard, crested myna, hoopoe, indian roller, spotted owlet, vinous-breasted myna. Dinner at a chinese restaurant by the river.
Day 8. Car to Mt. Victoria and birding on the way.
Asian barred owlet, hooded treepie very close, long-billed pipit, eastern imperial eagle,yellow-footed green-pigeon, alexandrine parakeet, several different drongos, black-hooded oriole, ashy woodswallow. Arrival late afternoon. Shower and dinner.
Day 9-11. Mt. Victoria
Car up to one level. Then birding from the road down to next level were the car was waiting. Lunch was served from the car. Mt. Victoria babax, chesnut-vented nuthatch, streak-throated and black crowned barwing, grey-sided thrush, brown-throated treecreeper, stripe-breasted, roufus-breasted and crimson-breasted woodpecker, ashy woodpigeon, slaty-backed flycatcher, yellow-breasted greenfinch, chesnut-bellied rockthrush, great barbet, white-browed nuthatch, pygmy blue flycatcher, chesnut-tailed minla, black eagle, changeable hawk eagle, kestrel, stripe-throated and whiskered yuhina, burmese tit, brown-capped laughingthrush,
white-browed fulvetta, hill prinia, grey sibia, spot-breasted parrotbill, fire-tailed sunbird, striated bulbul, maroon oriole, and many more.
Day 12. Car back to Bagan,
birding along the way. Then a short trip on Ayrewaddy river.
Rufous treepie, short-billed and scarlet minivet, red-breasted and grey-headed parakeet, blue-winged leafbird, black-naped monarch, on the way back.
White-tailed stonechat, small pratincole, red avadavat, pied harrier, common greenshank, great and little egret, at the river.
Day 13-15. Alaungdawkassapa nat. park
A long trip by car to Alaungdawkassapa nat. park. Famous by it´s many woodpeckers.
We´d barely come inside the park until we had seen three new spieces.
Two full days walking in the park generated 14 different woodpeckers!
And also green-billed malkoa, collared owlet, velvet-fronted nuthatch, mountain bulbul,
black-winged cuckooshrike, ashy, rosy, swinhoe´s, scarlet, and long-tailed minivet,
red-billed blue magpie, stork-billed kingfisher, collared falconet, 2,5m python, green imperial pigeon, golden-fronted leafbird, lesser necklaced laughingthrush, blue whistling thrush, red-headed trogon, white-bellied yuhina.
Day 16. By car to Mandalay.
Birding at Pa Lagg lake near Mandalay. Australasian bushlark, white-throated kingfisher, blue-tailed bee-eater, scaly-breasted munia, large-billed crow, paddyfield pipit, great cormorant, comb duck, chinese pond heron, pied bushchat.
Day 17. Flight to Yangoon were we met the driver U Than Aye again.
Car to Mataban gulf. We slept with the boat captain and his family at their home.
Day 18-19. Mataban gulf.
Up early and waiting for the tide, so we could take our boat out to the sea.
A beautiful trip on small channels in the early morning sunshine.
We spend the night on a monastry near the birding-site.
Late the second day we decided to drive to Moeyingyi wetlands. We arrived there at 22.30.
Peregrine falcon, sanderling, common redshank, red-necked stint, greater sand plover,
whiskered tern, brown-headed gull, painted stork, pacific golden plover, ruddy shelduck,
temmick´s stint, little ringed plover, and the big hit, spoon-billed sandpiper!
Day 20. A boat trip on the lake through waterplants, and a stop at the other
side for birding from land.
A wonderful place with a lot of birds. Purple swamphen, pheasant-tailed jacana, western marsh harrier, hen harrier, black kite, green bee-eater, oriental reed warbler, thick-billed warbler, bright-headed cisticola, streaked weaver,
plaintive cuckoo, bronze drongo, yellow bittern, cinnamon bittern, purple heron, siberian stonechat,
Day 21. Flight Yangoon-Myeik.
New driver waiting at the airport, (Nying Pho Aung). When we arrived at the village to get our permission to go futher south, we got bad news!
There had been some controversies in that area, and we were not allowed to continue.
Ko Pan quickly arranged a new accommodation in the village.
Wallace hawk eagle, black baza,
Day 22. Since we had to go back, we did some birding walking on the road.
A friendly man we met on the road offered us to stay in his house.
So we stayed there two nights. A very modest place, but i loved it!
Andaman green-pigeon, greater racket-tailed drongo, intermediate egret, ashy drongo,
purple-throated sunbird, dollarbird, crested serpent eagle, plain martin, edible-nest swiftlet,
grey-rumped treeswift, vernal hanging parrot, red-eyed bulbul, chinese sparrowhawk, white-bellied munia.
Day 23. 16 km walking in the forrest.
Guerneys pitta, (heard) grey-faced buzzard, orange-breasted trogon, dark-sided flycatcher, great hornbill, coppersmith barbet, rusty-breasted cuckoo, asian brown flycatcher, dark-throated oriole, raffles malkoa,
hairy-backed bulbul, spotted dove, hill-myna, white-browed piculet, lesser fish eagle,
Day 24. Car back to Myeik. Birding on the way.
House swift, brown-backed needletail, cotton pygmy-goose, ruby-cheeked sunbird, pale blue flycatcher,
Day 25. Myeik-Yangoon
Before it was time to leave for the airport, we went to a small mangrove forrest
near the harbour of Myeik. In the evening, dinner with Moe, the manager of the travel agency, in Yangoon.
Eastern curlew, brahminy kite, black-headed bulbul, stripe-throated bulbul, collared kingfisher,
Day 26. Hwlaga park. In the evening we went to the great pagoda, and looked
at the bats.
Thousands and thousands and thousands.........
Black-naped oriole, slender-billed babbler, lesser coucal, olive-backed sunbird, verditer flycatcher,
asian emerald cuckoo, indian cuckoo, scarlet-backed flowerpecker, lesser wistling-duck, wolly-necked stork, red-wattled lapwing, spot-billed duck,
Day 27. Mangrove forrest by the river in Yangoon, with Moe and his business
Shikra, common tailorbird, white-browed fantail, plain prinia, black-capped kingfisher,
common kingfisher, japanese white-eye, oriental magpie robin, black drongo.
Long-billed partridge (heard)
Mrs Hume´s pheasant
Indian spot-billed duck
Chinese spot-billed duck
Eastern cattle egret
Grey-headed fish eagle
Eastern imperial eagle
Eastern water rail
Pacific golden plover
Common ringed plover
Little ringed plover
Banded bay cuckoo
Asian emerald cuckoo
Common barn-owl (heard)
Oriental scops-owl (heard)
Brown wood-owl (heard)
Asian barred owlet
Jungle owlet (heard)
Blue-bearded bee-eater (heard)
Little green bee-eater
Oriental pied hornbill
Red-crowned barbet (heard)
Grey-capped pygmy woodpecker
Bamboo woodpecker (heard)
Bay woodpecker (heard)
Blue pitta (heard)
Gurney´s pitta (heard)
Garnet pitta (heard)
Mangrove whistler (heard)
Lesser racket-tailed drongo
Greater racket-tailed drongo
Asian paradise flycatcher
Eastern jungle crow
Southern jungle crow
Common green magpie
Red-billed blue magpie
Van Hasselt.s sunbird
Mr´s Gould´s sunbird
Red throated pipit
Eastern yellow wagtail
Asian pied starling
Black-breasted thrush (heard)
Siberian rubythroat (heard)
Hainan blue flycatcher
Pale blue flycatcher
Hill blue flycatcher
Tickell´s blue flytcher
Mangrove blue flyctacher (heard)
Little pied flycatcher
Slaty blue flycatcher
Pygmy blue flycatcher
Asian brown flycatcher
Himalayan black bulbul
Slaty-bellied tesia (heard)
White-browed scimitar babbler
Chin-hills Wren-babbler (heard)
Puff-throated babbler (heard)
Spot-throated babbler (heard)
Lesser necklaced laughingthrush
Greater necklaced laughingthrush
Mt. Victoria babax
Crimson-faced liocichla (heard)