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The Barn Swallow – An Exciting Visitor of Koh Chang

The Barn Swallow

The Barn Swallow

Being a bird of open country, the Barn Swallow usually uses the man-made structures to breed. It is frequently observed to be flying low near hotels or resorts buildings at Koh Chang Island. It is famous with its daredevil dives and is a quick flier. It attracts attention of people as it flies near to humans.

 

The Hirundo rustica or commonly known as Barn Swallow is the most widespread species of swallows in the world. With its blue upperparts, long and deeply forked tail and curved pointed wings, make it distinct among other passerine birds. It feeds on insects caught in flight. The adult male Barn Swallow is bigger and heavier than the female counterpart. The song of the Barn Swallow is a cheerful warble, often ending with “su-seer” with the second note higher than the first but falling in pitch. Calls include “witt” or “witt-witt” and a loud “splee-plink” when excited or trying to chase intruders away from the nest. The alarm calls include a sharp “siflitt” for predators like cats and a “flitt-flitt” for birds of prey like the Hobby. This species is fairly quiet on the wintering grounds.

 

Though the preferred habitat of the Barn Swallow is open country with low vegetation, it also opts for exposed locations such as wires, outdoor antennae poles, roof ridges or bare branches for perching. It has been recorded as breeding in the more temperate parts of its winter range in places like Koh Chang and other tropical areas. The Barn Swallow shares the same habit with other aerial insectivores – it has the maneuverability necessary to feed on flying insects while airborne. It is typically feeds at an elevated distance of 7 to 8 meters above shallow water or ground. It occasionally picks prey from water surface, plants or walls. With open mouth, it scoops water by skimming low over lakes or rivers. Barn Swallow bathes in similar fashion by dipping into the water for a quick dive while in flight.





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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