The area is extremely interesting to me. Strictly because it is out of the way, and not visited that often. If you want to see or photograph the Mangrove pitta (Pitta megarhyncha), Ruddy kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda), Brown-winged kingfisher (Pelargopsis amauroptera), Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus), This is the best place in Thailand I have found to see and photograph these birds.
One of the highlights of this trip is to take a small boat down an inlet, and photograph the Brahminy Kite's. Beautiful to watch and to photograph. This trip there were at least 20-30 diving for food I brought, and threw in the water for them.
Many people from Malaysia come here to see and photograph the birds. But, almost forgotten by the Thai's and other tour guides. My guess is it is too far out of the way.
Also I have found the pier area to be a poor birding area. There is a pier where you can catch a ship to some of the Malaysian islands, and there is a mangrove walk way there. If you come to this area you need to explore around the fringes of the the mangrove forests. It is well worth the effort.
Looking at the map above, from the arrow follow Hwy. 406 all the way down until it stops. This is the main pier for the Malaysia islands. From there bird along the roads turning off of Hwy, 406, heading back to town. There are a few other spots, but it would be very hard to get to unless you are going to stay for a few days. So I will not go into it here.
Here are a few birds I shot here in the last few days.
These little guys are all over the place, fun to watch and photograph.
Only in the South of Thailand.
Beautiful to watch these guys. Before you get to the main pier to the Malaysian islands, turn right to the fishing pier. This is where the fishing boats come in to unload there catch. Pass that dock and look for the floating dock. It is plastic barrels locked together made into a dock. Ask the boat operators there for assistance.
Found this guy fishing off of a hight voltage wire. The bridge over the inlet made a good vantage point to get this shot. Eye Level... :)
These guys are all over the place. I can hear them calling from my hotel in town? This was taken in the mangrove forests around Satun. Very easy to see here.
This is the guy I came after. So very glad I FINALLY got a photograph. This is in the mangrove forests, I called in two pairs. Beautiful to watch.
All the best, and good birding, Gary