BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Saturday 22nd December 2018
Boeng Toal Vulture Feeding Station / Kratie Wetlands
This morning at dawn we walked to the hide at Boeng Toal to see if any vultures had come in to feed on the cows. At the hide, an Indochinese Bush Lark was feeding in the grass, and some Crested Treeswifts were flying around. We could see that there were still groups of vultures in the far trees. They looked interested, and eventually flew a lot closer. They didn’t come to the cows though, so we left the hide to have a look around the forest. We were in contact with one of the guides in case the vultures came back to feed.

The forest near the hide was quite productive. Aidan picked up a nice a nice White-rumped Falcon, the only one we saw on the trip. We also saw an impressive Great Slaty Woodpecker which is one of the largest woodpeckers in the world. It clung to a tree for about 10 minutes before flying, and we got great scope views. We went back to the hide, but no joy with the vultures coming in. Pity we didn’t have time to stay, as they looked as if they were close to coming in to feed. We had to go as we had a long drive to Kratie ahead of us.

Kratie is a town on the Mekong River, and nearby is a site for Asian Golden Weaver. Arrived late afternoon, and drove straight to the weaver’s site 4 km north of Kratie. At this time of year, the weavers are a bit tricky to identify. We saw a mixed group of weavers, but they were a bit distant, and we couldn’t identify with certainty any Asian Golden Weavers among the Baya and Streaked Weavers. It was getting dark, so we left to try again in the morning.
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
Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus), Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus)
Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 22nd, 2018.
With a White-rumped Vulture on right
White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis), Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis)
Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 22nd, 2018.
White-rumped Falcon (Polihierax insignis), Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
White-rumped Falcon (Polihierax insignis)
Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 22nd, 2018.
White-rumped Falcon (Polihierax insignis), Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
White-rumped Falcon (Polihierax insignis)
Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 22nd, 2018.
Great Slaty Woodpecker (Mulleripicus pulverulentus), Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Great Slaty Woodpecker (Mulleripicus pulverulentus)
Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 22nd, 2018.
Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus), Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.
Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus)
Boeng Toal, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. December 22nd, 2018.
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica), Kratie Wetlands, Kratie Province, Cambodia.
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Kratie Wetlands, Kratie Province, Cambodia. December 22nd, 2018.
Birding in the forest near the Vulture hide, Boeng Toal, Cambodia.
Birding in the forest near the Vulture hide
Boeng Toal, Cambodia. December 22nd, 2018.
Kratie wetlands and rice paddies, Near Kratie town, Cambodia.
Kratie wetlands and rice paddies
Near Kratie town, Cambodia. December 22nd, 2018.