The story was that during the dry season poachers had been attracting wildlife, (mainly birds and mammals) to a series of small water holes that they had created along dry stream beds. Species such as Green-legged Partridge, Chinese Francolin and Lesser Mouse Deer were being shot and taken for eating; White-rumped Shamas, Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes and others were being trapped and sold in the markets as song birds. The poachers also left food such as papaya and bananas by the water and simply returned each day to replenish the water and food as necessary. They could then sit in a makeshift hide nearby and harvest whatever species they could attract.
Lesser Mouse Deer (ISO-6400 f/5.6 1/250 sec)
White-rumped Shama (ISO-6400 f/5.6 1/200 sec)
Streaked-eared Bulbul (ISO-6400 f/5.6 1/400 sec)
Black-naped Monarch - male (ISO-6400 f/5.6 1/250 sec)
Black-naped Monarch - female (ISO-16000 f/5.6 1/400 sec)
Jungle Fowl (ISO-16000 f/5 1/400 sec)
Green-legged Partridge (ISO-16000 f/5 1/400 sec)
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush (ISO-5000 f/6.3 1/200 sec)
Grey-bellied Squirrel (ISO-6400 f/5.6 1/200 sec)
Pied Fantail (ISO-5000 f/5.6 1/200 sec)
If (when?) we manage another visit to Thailand, it would be nice to have another session in one of these hides but only if it really is the dry season and the sun is shining!