Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Koh Phi Phi, Andaman Sea

On Friday 29 June following a crazy rush-hour drive from Kata to Phuket town (with thanks to the helpful man on a moped who freely suggested we follow him to the port) we sailed to the Phi Phi islands for some beachside honeymoon relaxation. Passing Koh Phi Phi Leh (made famous in the film ‘The Beach’) produced the first of several magnificent White-bellied Sea Eagles, several dainty Black-naped Terns and more robust Bridled Terns, along with several Brahminy Kites. On arrival we transferred on to a small water taxi and we soon arrived at the pristine Long Beach with our accommodation for the next few days at the Paradise Pearl resort. Easy birding ensued while swimming in the tropical sea and observing passing Pacific Reef Egret, Imperial Pied Pigeon, Black-naped Tern, and White-bellied Sea-Eagle in the brilliant light. Around our bungalow we found Scarlet-backed Sunbird, Black-nest Swiftlet and yet more Common Mynas.

Views of Koh Phi Phi Leh from Paradise Pearl Bungalows 

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