BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Friday 21st December 2018
Tmatboey Forest / Boeng Toal Vulture Feeding Station
Early in the morning we birded another area west of Tmatboey where we heard and saw a Banded Bay Cuckoo. Then we headed east to a river valley in the forest. Among the birds we saw here were Stork-billed Kingfisher, Indian Pied Hornbill, Van Hasselt’s Sunbirds, and a small group of Swinhoe’s Minivets feeding with Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrikes and bulbuls. Most birds were across the river but we had good views with telescopes. On the way back, we saw a Thick-billed Green Pigeon and a nice White-bellied Woodpecker. Near the end of the track we heard the distinctive call and had good views of a Pale-legged Leaf Warbler.

In the afternoon, we headed towards Boeng Toal which is an area of forest where a vulture feeding station has been set up. Three species of vulture regularly come in to feed here and two dead cows had been left out for the vultures. When we arrived at the hide in the late afternoon, we heard some Chinese Francolins calling and some Green Bee-eaters were catching insects near the hide. From the hide we had good scope views of White-rumped, Slender-billed and Red-headed Vultures resting in distant trees. It takes time for the Vultures to come in to feed, so we left to try again in the morning. At camp during the night we heard Collared Scops Owl, Oriental Scops Owl, Asian Barred Owlet, Great-eared Nightjar and Savanna Nightjar.
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
Banded Bay Cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Banded Bay Cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 21st, 2018.
Video of Banded Bay Cuckoo calling:
Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 21st, 2018.
Swinhoe's Minivet (Pericrocotus cantonensis), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear 
Province, Cambodia.
Swinhoe's Minivet (Pericrocotus cantonensis)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 21st, 2018.
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus tenellipes), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus tenellipes)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 21st, 2018.
Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 21st, 2018.
White-bellied Woodpecker (Dryocopus javensis), Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
White-bellied Woodpecker (Dryocopus javensis)
Tmatboey Forest, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 21st, 2018.
Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris), Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris)
Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 21st, 2018.
With Red-headed and White-rumped Vultures
Birding in the forest, Tmatboey, Cambodia.
Birding in the forest
Tmatboey, Cambodia. December 21st, 2018.
River valley in the forest, Tmatboey, Cambodia.
River valley in the forest
Tmatboey, Cambodia. December 21st, 2018.
Campsite, Boeng Toal, Cambodia.
Campsite
Boeng Toal, Cambodia. December 21st, 2018.