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Sightings of rare hornbills proves Mae Wong National Park is healthy: bird photographer


The recent sighting of several hornbills proves that the Mae Wong National Park is in a healthy state, a well-known bird photographer says.

Sightings of rare hornbills proves Mae Wong National Park is healthy: bird photographer

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rufous-necked hornbill

Artid Nima, a Nakhon Sawan-based photographer, told the Nationon Tuesday (October 1) that he found the rarely spotted red-necked hornbills, also known as rufous-necked hornbills and wreathed hornbills, fascinating and that he had seen as many as three flocks comprising 30 such birds each in the forest. 

Sightings of rare hornbills proves Mae Wong National Park is healthy: bird photographer
The 894-square-kilometre park straddles Nakhon Sawan and Kamphaeng Phet provinces some 370 kilometres north of Bangkok. 
“I have been carefully looking for the right time to catch sight of these birds and have been lucky with the weather,” he said. “This is the season for the parents to bring their off-spring to hunt for fruits.” 

Sightings of rare hornbills proves Mae Wong National Park is healthy: bird photographer
He said he had taken several pictures of hornbills last month at the forest, which proves that the area is in a good condition. The park is known for four types of hornbills, including the wreathed hornbill and the red-necked hornbill.

Sightings of rare hornbills proves Mae Wong National Park is healthy: bird photographer
As per information provided by the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Mae Wong National Park is one of the best places in Thailand to catch sight of wild birds. 

Sightings of rare hornbills proves Mae Wong National Park is healthy: bird photographer
Apart from the endangered red-necked hornbills, birdwatchers have reported seeing more than 300 species of birds in the park’s Chong Yen zone. 
The park’s Khun Nam Yen and Chong Yen zones are cool all year round as they are at the top of the mountain, the department said. 

Sightings of rare hornbills proves Mae Wong National Park is healthy: bird photographer
Birdwatchers have to register with conservation officials at the Mae Wong station before they make their way to bird-watching spots.

Artid Nima

Published : October 01, 2019

By : The Nation