Beautiful birds at Nong Han lake draw more birdwatchers


WITH 165 species of birds living at Nong Han lake in Sakon Nakhon province it has now led to an increasing number of youths and residents of this northeastern province flocking to join Sakon Nakhon Bird Conservation Club, Naewna newspaper said today (July 6).

A workshop on “A study of bird species and natural resource management for ecotourism in Nong Han area” was held recently at Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University supported by World Wildlife Fund-Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (WWF-SIDA) and Nong Han Bird Conservation Club.

Experts speaking at the workshop included Mr. Pensri Srikaew and Mr. Mongkhon Wongkalasin with the latter being president of Bird Watching and Nature Club of Thailand and an expert on birds in the Asean region.

Dr. Ubonsilp Phoprom, vice president of this university, said the workshop was held to study bird species and define natural resource and ecotourism management in Nong Han area amid a move to promote this lake and its beautiful birds as an important ecotourism destination.

An earlier survey by Mr. Sakda Sansuphan, head of this university’s Nong Han research and development centre, found that there were 152 species of birds living at this lake including Purple Swamphen, Pheasant-Tailed Jacana and Tern but this was later increased to 165.

Significantly he found and quickly took photos of a large flock of Glossy Ibis on March 12 this year, with this rare bird never having been seen at this lake before and this shows that it is truly diverse.

Mongkhon said he was able to photograph around a hundred Glossy Ibis at this lake with this being the largest flock ever found in Thailand as in the past smaller flocks of 10 to 20 had been seen.


Sakon Nakhon’s Nong Han lake and the birds living there with the birdwatchers gazing at them. Photos: Naewna

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