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Ban Songnok, a special place for bird photography!

A few years back, Ba Aek, and her husband decided to buy a plot of land next to the secondary forest by Kaengkrachan National Park. Ba Aek (Aunte Aek) has since long had a love for birds and nature and both of them are artistically gifted. Thus they ended up with a beautifully landscaped home.
Here a couple of permanent blinds have been raised and birds come for both water and grain.

There are also fruit feeeders in the garden plus a lot of smaller nectar feeding birds such as Sunbirds and Flowerpeckers found along the many bushes and trees.

I have visited on a multiple occasions and been amazed at the huge variety of birds found.
It of course varies with the seasons and the wet season being the lowest number of species frequenting the water hole.

Ba Aek also have her daughter living with her helping with the cooking for hungry guests.
On the property there are 3 air-conditioned rooms available as well as a tent under a roof.

Cold drinks and coffee is always prepared and a monitor is always on so one can take a break from the hide, go and eat, and still keep an eye on what is happening at the hole.

Since most birders visit in the dry months of the year they will evidently walk away with a wonderful experience.

The larger ground feeders normally show up first in the early morning. Smaller birds come to bathe and drink water and that happens later.

These images are mostly taken at Ban Songnok. Since I have shot the same species elsewhere I haven't always bothered to do so at BSN.

There are more birds in the garden and good birds like Black-backed Kingfisher, Blue-bearded Bee-eater and Hooded Pitta have also visited.

I will updated this gallery with pictures of the grounds after my next visit.
Red-legged Crake
Red-legged Crake
Slaty-legged Crake
Slaty-legged Crake
Red Junglefowl
Red Junglefowl
Kalij Pheasant
Kalij Pheasant
Kalij Phesant fem
Kalij Phesant fem
Bar-backed Partridge
Bar-backed Partridge
Scaly-breasted Partridge
Scaly-breasted Partridge
Green Magpie
Green Magpie
Racket-tailed Treepie
Racket-tailed Treepie
Grey-headed Woodpecker
Grey-headed Woodpecker
Grey-headed Woodpecker
Grey-headed Woodpecker
Common Flameback
Common Flameback
Common  Flameback
Common Flameback
Green-eared Barbet
Green-eared Barbet
Blue-throated Barbet
Blue-throated Barbet
Blue-winged Pitta
Blue-winged Pitta
Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Golden-fronted Leafbird
Golden-fronted Leafbird
Greater Leaf-bird
Greater Leaf-bird
Black-crested Bulbul
Black-crested Bulbul
Stripe-throated Bulbul
Stripe-throated Bulbul
Black-headed Bulbul
Black-headed Bulbul
Streak-eared Bulbul
Streak-eared Bulbul
Puff-throated Babbler
Puff-throated Babbler
Striped Tit Babbler
Striped Tit Babbler
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
Abbott's Babbler
Abbott's Babbler
White-browed Scimitar Babbler
White-browed Scimitar Babbler
Large Scimitar Babbler
Large Scimitar Babbler
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
White-bellied Yuhinna
White-bellied Yuhinna
Siberian Blue Robin
Siberian Blue Robin
White-rumped Shama
White-rumped Shama
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Chinese Blue Flycatcher
Chinese Blue Flycatcher
Taiga Flycatcher
Taiga Flycatcher
Black-naped Monarch
Black-naped Monarch
Little Spiderhunter
Little Spiderhunter
Olive-backed Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
Yellow-browed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Common Iora
Common Iora
Orange-headed Thrush
Orange-headed Thrush