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THALE NOI

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THAILAND
LOCALE

Area (SqKm):450
# Species:121
# Excl Vagrants:121
# Endemics:0
# Near Endemics:0
Species/100 SqKm:26.9
Habitat: Freshwater lake and swamp

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Thale Noi is the largest freshwater lake in southern Thailand. It joins to much larger brackish lakes that in turn link to the sea at Songkhla. Birding around Thale Noi is primarily by boat, though an elevated road does go over a large area of marshes. Birding from the boat features mainly aquatic birds in vast Pink Lotus beds. Several species of bitterns as well as waterfowl such as Cotton Pygmy-Goose herons, egrets, Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacanas, shorebirds and occasional raptors are the main attractions. The elevated road provides a vantage point for scoping waders and other birds such as Oriental Pratincole and Greater Great Cormorant and Painted-Snipe. Rarities such as Painted Stork are also possible.

LOCATION OF SITE

Thale Noi waterfowl reserve is located in southern Thailand and is reached via highway 4048 from Amphoe Muang. It's about 230km (3 hours) drive east of Krabi.