BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Monday 24th December 2018
Dak Dam Forest / Keo Seima Forest
In the morning we drove to Dak Dam Forest which is in the south-east of Cambodia near the Vietnam border. It was windy and a little cooler so the birding was not as good as expected. The forest here is fairly degraded, but is supposedly good for Pale-capped Pigeon and possibly Black-headed Parrotbill, however we failed to see either. We did have a nice feeding flock though, which included Clicking Shrike-babbler, Rufous-capped Babbler, Grey-faced Tit Babbler, Black-browed Fulvetta and Silver-eared Mesia. Also seen was a Black Eagle as well as lots of bulbul species including Black Bulbul.

In the afternoon we went back to Keo Seima Forest and birded the same track as yesterday in the hope of seeing Germain’s Peacock Pheasant. We heard some birds calling, so waited patiently to see if they would cross the track. After about an hour, one quickly ran across the track and gave a brief view. On the way back, we heard and saw a good few Barbet species (which seem to like this area), including Blue-eared, Indochinese and Red-vented Barbet.
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
Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus), Dak Dam Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia.
Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus)
Dak Dam Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. December 24th, 2018.
Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus speciosus), Dak Dam Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia.
Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus speciosus)
Dak Dam Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. December 24th, 2018.
Grey-faced Tit Babbler (Macronus kelleyi), Dak Dam Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia.
Grey-faced Tit Babbler (Macronus kelleyi)
Dak Dam Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. December 24th, 2018.
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna), Dak Dam Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia.
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)
Dak Dam Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. December 24th, 2018.
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster), Dak Dam Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia.
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster)
Dak Dam Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. December 24th, 2018.
Coffee plantation beside the forest, Dak Dam, Cambodia.
Coffee plantation beside the forest
Dak Dam, Cambodia. December 24th, 2018.
The track for Germain's Peacock Pheasant at Km 157, Keo Seima Forest, Cambodia.
The track for Germain's Peacock Pheasant at Km 157
Keo Seima Forest, Cambodia. December 24th, 2018.
Orange Staff Sergeant butterfly, Keo Seima Forest, Cambodia.
Orange Staff Sergeant butterfly
Keo Seima Forest, Cambodia. December 24th, 2018.