Chaiyan Kasorndorkbua, D.V.M., Ph.D.
I am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and earned my PhD in Veterinary Pathology in 2004 at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, U.S.A.
My interest in raptors started back between 2000–2002 in Iowa, U.S.A., when I attended the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union meeting and joined the autumn raptor watch, organized by the meeting.
I’ve watched raptors in 10 countries including Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Mongolia, U.S.A., Panama, and Peru. I started leading raptor tours in 2005 at the ricefield of Phetchaburi, near Bangkok, Thailand where wintering Aquila eagles congregate in good numbers. Since then I’ve led additional raptor tours in Thailand, Peru, Panama, China, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
I’m not sure how many raptor species I’ve seen as I do not count them, but my favorite raptor is the Pied Harrier.
I co-authored a Photographic Guide to the Raptors of Thailand (2008) and the Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network’s Field Guide to Raptors of Asia: Volume 1, Migratory raptors of oriental Asia (2012). Curently I’m working on two additional books: the Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network's Field Guide to Raptors of Asia: Volume 2, Sedentary raptors and Raptors of Thailand (and continental South-East Asia).
At Raptours I am the raptor expert guide of our Thailand Raptor Tour.