BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Monday 17th December 2018
Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm Temples
At dawn, we drove to the impressive Angkor Wat temple complex not far from Siem Reap. We got a tour around the temple and did some birding in the forest surrounding the temple. The first birds we saw near the temple were Coppersmith Barbets, Black-naped Orioles, Richard’s Pipits and Brown, Taiga and Hainan Blue Flycatchers, and a distant Black-capped Kingfisher.

After lunch we travelled to some other nearby temples. The first was Angkor Thom. At the entrance, 8 Cotton Pygmy Goose were swimming in the moat, and some needletails were flying high in the distance, which we suspected were Brown-backed Needletail.

We then drove on to Ta Prohm temple. This was a particularly impressive temple complex. Nature has been allowed to take its course, and massive trees grow through and within the temples, creating spectacular scenes as the roots of the trees wrap around the temples. We saw some good birds in the forest around the temple. A Forest Wagtail was the only one we saw on the whole trip. Also seen were White-throated Rock Thrush, Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, and good views of two Asian Barred Owlets.
December 17th, 2018.Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm Temples
December 18th, 2018.Tonle Sap Lake
December 19th, 2018.Bengal Florican Grasslands / Tmatboey Forest
December 20th, 2018.Tmatboey Forest
December 21st, 2018.Tmatboey Forest / Boeng Toal Vulture Feeding Station
December 22nd, 2018.Boeng Toal Vulture Feeding Station / Kratie Wetlands
December 23rd, 2018.Kratie Wetlands / Kampi and Mekong River / Mondulkiri and Keo Seima
December 24th, 2018.Dak Dam Forest / Keo Seima Forest
December 25th, 2018.Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Keo Seima / Dak Dam Forest
December 26th, 2018.Drive to Mount Aural via Cambodian Tailorbird site
December 27th, 2018.Ascent of Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountain Range
December 28th, 2018.Mount Aural Forest
December 29th, 2018.Descent of Mount Aural / Drive to Pursat Grasslands
December 30th, 2018.Pursat Grasslands
December 31st, 2018.Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Vientiane, Laos
January 1st, 2019.Vientiane, Laos / Ban Na Hin
January 2nd, 2019.Ban Na Hin, Laos - Km 33 to Km 50
January 3rd, 2019.Ban Na Hin / Dragon Cave / Vietnam-Laos border
January 4th, 2019.Ban Na Hin / Vientiane
January 5th, 2019.Vientiane / Mekong River at Thailand - Laos border
Hainan Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis hainanus), Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Hainan Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis hainanus)
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus), Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus)
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis), Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi), Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi)
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica), Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus flaviventris), Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus flaviventris)
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla), Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla)
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus), Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus)
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus), Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus)
Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Difficult to see amongst the leaf litter
White-throated Rock Thrush (Monticola gularis), Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
White-throated Rock Thrush (Monticola gularis)
Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
In the gloom under the trees near the temple
Asian Barred Owlet (Glaucidium cuculoides), Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Asian Barred Owlet (Glaucidium cuculoides)
Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
One of two seen in this area
Video of Asian Barred Owlet:
Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri), Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri)
Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria), Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria)
Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa), Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)
Ta Prohm Temple, near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Angkor Wat Temple, Near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Angkor Wat Temple
Near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Monkey sp., Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Monkey sp.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Tree with large thorns , Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Tree with large thorns
Angkor Wat, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Stone carvings at Angkor Wat, Near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Stone carvings at Angkor Wat
Near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Angkor Thom Temple entrance, Near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Angkor Thom Temple entrance
Near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Banteay Kdei Temple, Near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Banteay Kdei Temple
Near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Ta Prohm Temple, Near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Ta Prohm Temple
Near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.
Ta Prohm Temple, Near Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Ta Prohm Temple
Near Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 17th, 2018.