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No Lonely Dusk and Dawn at Koh Chang with White-Breasted Waterhens

White-breasted Waterhen

White-breasted Waterhen

If you go kayak at Koh Chang especially in some marshland coastal areas of small islands where mangroves are commonly situated, you could encounter the White-breasted waterhen dipping its beak and picking small fish or mollusks. The White-breasted waterhen which has a scientific name of Amaurornis phoenicurus is a resident bird species in the island of Koh Chang but not endemic. It is widely distributed across Southeast Asia and the Indian sub-continent.

 

The White-breasted Waterhen has a white face, neck and breast. Its upperparts and flanks are mainly dark gray. It has short tail, yellow bill and legs and long toes. The lower belly and undertail of this species are colored cinnamon. At a glance male and female White-breasted Waterhens seem similar but bodily the females are slightly smaller than males. Among the rail and crake family, this species is the bolder kind. White-breasted Waterhens are often seen in open marshes or even drains near busy roads of Koh Chang with their tails cockled upright. They are largely active primarily during twilight. They are recognizable by their loud and repetitive croaking calls especially at dusk and dawn.

 

They are usually seen singly or in pairs as they forage slowly along the edge of a waterbody mainly on the ground but sometimes clambering up low vegetation. The tail is held up and jerked as they walk. They probe with their bill in mud or shallow water, picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects, small fish, aquatic invertebrates and fruit seeds. They nest in a dry location on the ground in marsh vegetation, laying 6-7 eggs. Courtship involves bowing, billing and nibbling. Both sexes incubate the eggs for about 19 days and take care of the chicks. Chicks often dive underwater to escape predation. Adults are said to build a roost or brood nest where young chicks and the adults roost.





published: 21.10.2012

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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