BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Tuesday 18th December 2018
Tonle Sap Lake
At dawn, we drove to a remote village about 30 km south-west of Siem Reap. Here we got a boat along a canal that leads to Prek Toal floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. When we arrived at Prek Toal we transferred to a smaller boat that led us out to a platform that overlooks the stork colonies on Tonle Sap.

From the boat we saw Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Indian Roller, Brown Shrike, Dusky Warbler, Brown Flycatcher, White-throated Kingfisher and Collared Kingfisher. As the morning progressed, huge flocks of Painted Storks, Asian Openbills, Black-headed Ibises, Spot-billed Pelicans, and a few Lesser Adjutants were flying right over the boat - an incredible sight.

When we got to the main colonies, we stopped to climb up some steep bamboo steps to get to the viewing platform. At this stage the light wasn’t great, and it was difficult to pick out our targets of Milky Stork and Greater Adjutant among the throngs of storks. However, we eventually picked out two Milky Storks and two distant Greater Adjutants. Telescopes were definitely needed! Also seen were Little, Indian and Great Cormorant, Purple Heron, lots of egrets and Oriental Darters. In the late afternoon we visited the large Fruit Bat colony opposite the Royal Residence in the centre of Siem Reap.
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
Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus ichthyaetus), Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia.
Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus ichthyaetus)
Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus), Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia.
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris), Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia.
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger), Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia.
Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger)
Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Right, with Great Cormorant on left
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans), Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia.
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)
Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
With Painted Storks
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala), Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia.
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)
Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans), Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia.
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)
Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia.
Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus)
Tonle Sap Lake, near Prek Toal, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Fruit Bat colony, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Fruit Bat colony
Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Fruit Bat colony, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Fruit Bat colony
Siem Reap, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Village where we boarded a boat to get to Prek Toal, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia.
Village where we boarded a boat to get to Prek Toal
Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Prek Toal floating village, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia.
Prek Toal floating village
Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Prek Toal Core Area Management Centre, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia.
Prek Toal Core Area Management Centre
Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.
Climbing up to the viewing platform, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia.
Climbing up to the viewing platform
Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. December 18th, 2018.