Migratory birds hit southern Thai peninsula

24 Oct 2011

The annual migration of birds of prey from the northern hemisphere offers nature enthusiasts a rare sight this month. Thai ornithologists say that flocks of thousands of birds head for spots along the Thai coast north of Koh Samui before they fly farther south to Malaysia.

The provinces of Chumphon and Prachuap Khiri Khan are the best Thai locations to espy magnificent species such as hawks and falcons. This year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Chumphon office and council officers from Tha Yang and Bang Son districts are jointly organising the 10th Migratory Falcons Watching Festival.

The festival has been designed to provide people with the best views of the avian species as well as promote environmental and animal protection. Local TAT director Uthai Woramartkul said that the annual migration attracted bird watchers and scientists galore.

Other TAT officials say the best bird watching spots are Prachuap’s Radar Mountain (Khao Radar) in Bang Saphan Noi and Dinsor Mountain (Khao Dinsor) in Pathiew District of Chumphon. The Dinsor vantage point was only opened by authorities on Saturday and requires wildlife enthusiasts to hike for one kilometre to the summit.

The less adventurous might find that the sports arena at Tha Yang Village is an easier option as it is only five kilometres from the centre of Chumphon Town. 

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