BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Friday 28th December 2018
Mount Aural Forest, Cardamom Mountains
Today we spent the whole day birding around Mount Aural. First thing to do was to try for the endemic Cambodian Laughingthrush. We walked down to the old camp. No joy for the first hour or so, but we soon heard a flock calling in the distance. They never came that close, but we got some decent views. Then we tried for Blue Pitta nearby. We heard one calling fairly close, but only one of us got a brief view. We heard Blue Pitta on a few more occasions throughout the next two days on the mountain, but none were seen.

Went back up for lunch when another flock of Cambodian Laughingthrushes were heard. This time they came close to the camp, giving much better views. Our second endemic in three days, and almost worth the climb! In the afternoon we birded other trails throughout the forest.

Birds seen throughout the day were Long-tailed Broadbill, Mountain Bulbul, Moustached Barbet, Wreathed Hornbill, Orange-headed Thrush, White-throated Rock Thrush, Blyth’s Shrike-babbler, Streaked Wren-babbler and a skulking White-tailed Robin in the undergrowth (the latter will likely be split as ‘Cambodian Blue RobinMyiomela cambodiana). Around the camp at night we heard Collared Owlet, Mountain Scops Owl and Great-eared 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
Cambodian Laughingthrush (Garrulax ferrarius), Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia.
Cambodian Laughingthrush (Garrulax ferrarius)
Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. December 28th, 2018.
Cambodian Laughingthrush (Garrulax ferrarius), Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia.
Cambodian Laughingthrush (Garrulax ferrarius)
Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. December 28th, 2018.
Long-tailed Broadbill (Psarisomus dalhousiae), Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia.
Long-tailed Broadbill (Psarisomus dalhousiae)
Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. December 28th, 2018.
Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii), Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia.
Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii)
Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. December 28th, 2018.
Moustached Barbet (Megalaima incognita), Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia.
Moustached Barbet (Megalaima incognita)
Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. December 28th, 2018.
White-tailed Robin (Myiomela leucura), Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia.
White-tailed Robin (Myiomela leucura)
Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. December 28th, 2018.
Base camp at 1172 metres, Mount Aural, Cambodia.
Base camp at 1172 metres
Mount Aural, Cambodia. December 28th, 2018.
Typical forest and trail, Mount Aural, Cambodia.
Typical forest and trail
Mount Aural, Cambodia. December 28th, 2018.