Besides the famous beaches in Krabi, an excellent way to have a meaningful stay is to do some birdwatching in Krabi. Any birdwatchers planning to visit southern Thailand are most likely to stop in Krabi town. It is because the town offers a number of birding opportunities, and renting a motorcycle and strolling around reveals some of the most remarkable bird species; however, there are several specific places which have named as the most favored sites by birdwatchers.
One is boat tripping on the mangrove forest in Krabi River. The mangroves area is an ideal place for many specialist species and this is the reason why it’s great to do birdwatching in Krabi. Usually, you have to hire a boatman in order to explore the mesh of creeks and look for specific birds like Ruddy Kingfisher and Mangrove Pitta. A lot of boatmen in town could also help you in searching for these types of birds. Some do birdcalls while other boatmen have very sharp eyes in search of birds in the area. The Brown-winged Kingfisher is a typical bird here: this is a stunning bird with its distinct colors complementing the greenery. Mangrove Blue Flycatcher is another common bird in Krabi River too but you also have to be watchful for similar-looking birds like the Blue-throated Flycatcher and the Hill Blue species since they are common finds in the area. The Mangrove Pittas are commonly seen in the morning with their unique vocals. It’s better to step out of the boat to have a better view when you hear them.
An excellent alternative to the boat trip, the mangrove footpath, which stretches about 1 kilometer, is worth checking out before getting a boat trip. You need to walk up and down a number of times to get a glimpse of some birds. The Mangrove Pitta and the Brown-winged Kingfisher are two species which are quite easy to find. If you are lucky and got interesting finds, you can save both time and money that could be spent on the boat trip.
The river mouth is another interesting site for birdwatching in Krabi. Almost all boatmen know this place and majority know what birdwatchers want to see. However, you have to come on the site during low tide. Another favored site is wader roost, situated on the east area of the river mouth. The local boatmen can guide you around the place; birds of varied species can be seen here anytime. Among the birds that are frequently found are Nordmann’s Greenshank which is fairly easy to locate and Chinese Egret. Other species you can find include Crested Terns, Great Knot, Pond Herons and Terek Sandpiper.
The province of Krabi is truly filled with rich avifauna that are mostly hard to find in other places, from the Pacific Swallows which can be seen almost everywhere over the water to the Brown-winged Kingfishers inhabiting the dense mangrove forests. The best time when planning on doing birdwatching in Krabi is during October to April or after the rainy season. You’ll be amazed by the thousands of shorebirds present in Krabi.