BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Wednesday 26th December 2018
Drive to Mount Aural via Cambodian Tailorbird site
Before heading off towards Mount Aural via Phnom Penh, we tried again briefly for Germain’s Peacock Pheasant at Keo Seima Km 157. We heard one or two again, but no views this time. A Crested Honey Buzzard flew over as we were on the track, and some nice Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters were flying around catching insects. We also we got good views of some Black-shanked Douc monkeys.

After that, was a long 10 hour drive to Sreken Bei village near Mount Aural, about 150km north-west of Phnom Penh. We stopped in the late afternoon to try for Cambodian Tailorbird on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The habitat was an unlikely scrubby area off the main road. It didn’t take us long to see one - our first endemic bird of Cambodia and only described in 2009.

It was dark by the time we made it to the village near Mount Aural.
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
Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk), Near Udong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk)
Near Udong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. December 26th, 2018.
Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk), Near Udong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk)
Near Udong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. December 26th, 2018.
Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk), Near Udong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Cambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk)
Near Udong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. December 26th, 2018.
Chestut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti), Keo Seima Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia.
Chestut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)
Keo Seima Forest, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. December 26th, 2018.
Cambodian Tailorbird habitat, Near Udong, Cambodia.
Cambodian Tailorbird habitat
Near Udong, Cambodia. December 26th, 2018.
Black-shanked Douc monkey, Keo Seima Forest, Cambodia.
Black-shanked Douc monkey
Keo Seima Forest, Cambodia. December 26th, 2018.