This map showes where Thale Noi, Thailand is. Khu Khud is south of here about 80 KM.
Anyway, these sights are over looked by the local birders pretty much. I was there for 5 days between the two sites. Did not see one other birder there the whole time.
Really just getting into southern Thailand and wanted to explore some. Glad I did. The real winner here is Khu Khud without a doubt IMO.
Khu Khud is an extremely nice water bird sanctuary. What makes it nice is the absence of birders, and the underdevelopment of the area. Which is going to change very fast in my opinion. There are already some good guest houses in the area at reasonable prices. So go without concerns about accommodations. The locals are still not used to allot of foreigners coming into town to photograph birds. But they are learning very fast.
I rented a long boat for two days, once in the morning for an hour and once in the evening for one hour. After they saw my lenses the price mysteriously went up daily? So, make sure you are set on a price before you go. And make sure they understand. I also quit giving tips. When the boat operator did what I wanted. So far as getting into position to photograph the birds. A tip was always given after the rental. But! the next day the price went up for the trip mysteriously. So NO TIP. They are learning how to fleece the foreigner very fast. Very irritating to have to put up with but?
Tale Noi is so completely overrun by local tourists. As well as Chinese and others. Personally I do not see the draw but I guess the tour operators do. Huge tour buses were there daily and hundred's of tourists where swarming the area. The boat operators already know about the bird photographers and the prices mysteriously double when you ask them to take you to see the birds. When I first arrived the price was 450 Baht for about an hour. For birding it was 800 Baht / hr?????? This over pricing is getting old for me. It is not just here it is all over Thailand.
This first shot is of the target bird I went after. In Khu Khud, Thailand. This bird caught my interest when I saw it in Phechaburi Thailand last year. A very small water bird. And a very fast and shy bird. When I saw the opportunity to photograph them, I jumped at the chance .
A very daunting task for me. Hard to get close to and hard to track flying.
Cotton Pygmy Goose, or Cotton Teal (Nettapus coromandelianus)
500mm from a long boat at day break.
Here is a shot with the 300mm lens with the 1.4 T.C. An open shot.
There is a fish mixed in with the seaweed by the way.
500mm in a long boat.
Made a detour to the deep south for a chance to photo an owl ( Buffy Fish Owl (Bubo ketupu) I had been after for quit a while. I knew the area where it is seen fishing and thought I would check it out. My second day there I saw it move from a tree top to a lower bush area. All under water.
Put on my water shoes, got the 300mm lens out and got a shot of it. Water was about waist deep. I stooped down under some brush and got this shot.
Buffy Fish Owl (Bubo ketupu)
If retired I cannot recommend wildlife photography high enough. Exercise, mental health. All while enjoying nature. What could be better.