BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Thursday 20th December 2018
Tmatboey Forest
This morning at Tmatboey, we got up before dawn to try for Giant Ibis at one of the known roost sites. It was still dark when we got there. Not long after we arrived, we heard them calling. An incredible but eerie sound in the darkness. We could see some of them silhouetted high in bare branches in distant trees. As the light increased, we got some good views through the telescopes. It was great to have seen and heard this critically endangered bird. They all flew off soon after dawn.

Later that morning we birded the dry dipterocarp forest around Tmatboey. One of the first birds we saw was a Burmese Nuthatch and Chinese Francolins were calling all over. We got a great view of a Francolin as it sat up in a tree in the distance. Among the other birds seen were Rufous-winged Buzzard, Common Flameback, Greater Flameback, Large Cuckooshrike and Burmese Shrike. We also heard a Banded Bay Cuckoo.

Later we tried a known site for Spotted Wood Owl. After a long walk in the heat, we eventually saw two birds high up in the trees. Along the road on the way back to camp, we saw an Indochinese Bush Lark and a group of Red-billed Blue Magpies foraging on the road. Towards evening, Chea brought us to a roost site for Collared Scops Owl which was well camouflaged under the trees.
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
Giant Ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Giant Ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.
Giant Ibis calling at dawn at the roost site
Giant Ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Giant Ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.
Burmese Nuthatch (Sitta neglecta), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Burmese Nuthatch (Sitta neglecta)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.
Chinese Francolin (Francolinus pintadeanus), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Chinese Francolin (Francolinus pintadeanus)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.
Blossom-headed Parakeet (Psittacula roseata), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Blossom-headed Parakeet (Psittacula roseata)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.
Rufous-winged Buzzard (Butastur liventer), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Rufous-winged Buzzard (Butastur liventer)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.
Crested Treeswift (Hemiprocne coronata), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Crested Treeswift (Hemiprocne coronata)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.
Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputo), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputo)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.
Collared Scops Owl (Otus lettia), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Collared Scops Owl (Otus lettia)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.
Indochinese Bushlark (Mirafra erythrocephala), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Indochinese Bushlark (Mirafra erythrocephala)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.
Birding in the dry dipterocarp forest , Tmatboey, Cambodia.
Birding in the dry dipterocarp forest
Tmatboey, Cambodia. December 20th, 2018.