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Watching the Pacific Eastern Egrets at Koh Chang Lightens Up Your Day

Pacific Reef Egret

Pacific Reef Egret

The richness of its natural habitat in Koh Chang attracted many bird species of different varieties. One bird species to watch is the Pacific Reef Egret. It is also known as Eastern Reef Heron or Eastern Reef Egret. They are particularly common bird residents of Asia particularly in the oceanic regions of Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand, Polynesia, Tasmania and Southeast Asia including Thailand and specifically the island of Koh Chang.

 

Pacific Reef Egrets are medium-built herons with the length measuring 57 to 66 centimeters. Their average weight is between 300 to 500 grams and they have wingspan measured between 90 to 110 centimeters. They are distinguished by their short yellow legs, brown beaks, gold-yellow eyes and greenish to yellow casting on the areas of their faces. They displayed two common feather tones of white and charcoal-gray plumage. The color variation is most likely of camouflage value or an instinctual strategy for survival against attacks. They survive on food made up mostly of varieties of sea fish, crustaceans and mollusks. They are most sighted along shallow waters at shorelines or on the rocky portions of Koh Chang archipelago. The presence of palms and mangroves in Koh Chang make some good laying ground for their paled greenish-blue eggs. This type of bird species laid an average of 2 to 3 eggs year round. The normal brooding period takes between 26-30 days. After the chicks are hatched, male and female pacific eastern egrets provide food and nurturance support for full five weeks.

 

By conservation status index, Pacific Reef Egret is rated in LC or of least concern status. It means this bird species is neither regarded as extinct nor in the threatened condition. The population trend of this type of bird appears to be stable and has a large population size. Furthermore, Pacific Reef Egret has a very large range. This means that the species has vast area of presence covering over 20,000 square kilometers.     





published: 21.10.2012

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

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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

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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

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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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