Thailand Day 15, 16 February 2013, Ao Nang to Ko Phi Phi Don

Our courtesy minibus eventually turned up at the Mountain Paradise to take us down to the pier. We were to catch the 9am ferry to the island of Ko Phi Phi Don where we'd booked 2 nights accommodation. A nice male Brown-throated Sunbird obligingly popped up in the tree opposite our room so the wait wasn't in vain!
On board the ferry and once again hanging around for it to get going at least alIowed me a little more birding time - a Collared Kingfisher sat on the sand, a couple of Brahminy Kites circled and several Pacific Swallows swooped around the boat and harbour. 2 chunky Blue-rumped Parrots flew over the boat and as we finally departed c300 Lesser Sandplovers and 2 Common Sandpipers were on the sandy shore.
The ferry journey itself was quite disappointing from a birding aspect apart from a small group of c15 Great Frigatebirds feeding around a distant fishing boat, 4 Brown-headed Gulls loafing around an islet and White-bellied Sea Eagle over. Nearing our desination 2 white pigeons flew around the wooded canopy of a low island we passed - Pied Imperial Pigeons, a species that turned out to be quite numerous on these islands.

Around our accommodation, the Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort on the quiet east side of Ko Phi Phi Don I had 4+ Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers, 3 Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Greater Coucal and 2 Pacific Swallows and on a hike up to the viewpoint on the top of the island in the late afternoon 4 perched Pied Imperial Pigeons.


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