BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Saturday 29th December 2018
Descent of Mount Aural / Drive to Pursat Grasslands
Early this morning we began the descent of Mount Aural. Not as hard as going up, but the steep bit was just as tough. It took about six hours to walk down, but we still had the bone-crushing two-hour journey ahead of us on the tractor - though we preferred that to walking another 7km in the heat.

We did some birding on the way down. Blue Pitta was heard again a few times, but still no views. Near the end, we saw some Fire-breasted flowerpeckers which is a likely split as Cambodian Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cambodianum). Also seen this morning was Wreathed Hornbill, White-bellied Erpornis, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Swinhoe’s Minivet, Blyth’s Shrike-babbler, White-throated Rock Thrush, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch and White-rumped Shama.

At the stream where the tractor was waiting, an astonishing variety of butterflies were taking nutrients from the mud and water.

Some long-awaited cold beers met us at the home stay in the village at Sreken Bei - beer never tasted as good! Later in the afternoon we began the drive to Pursat.
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
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus picatus), Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia.
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus picatus)
Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. December 29th, 2018.
Wreathed Hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus), Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia.
Wreathed Hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus)
Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. December 29th, 2018.
Butterflies including Four-bar Swordtail, Cruiser, Bluebottle and Jay species, Mount Aural, Cambodia.
Butterflies including Four-bar Swordtail, Cruiser, Bluebottle and Jay species
Mount Aural, Cambodia. December 29th, 2018.
Butterflies including Spotted Sawtooth (right), Mount Aural, Cambodia.
Butterflies including Spotted Sawtooth (right)
Mount Aural, Cambodia. December 29th, 2018.
Straight Pierrot butterfly (right) with Blue butterfly sp., Mount Aural, Cambodia.
Straight Pierrot butterfly (right) with Blue butterfly sp.
Mount Aural, Cambodia. December 29th, 2018.
Moth sp., Mount Aural, Cambodia.
Moth sp.
Mount Aural, Cambodia. December 29th, 2018.
View on the way down from Mount Aural, Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia.
View on the way down from Mount Aural
Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. December 29th, 2018.
Gridlock on the track to Sreken Bei village, Mount Aural, Cambodia.
Gridlock on the track to Sreken Bei village
Mount Aural, Cambodia. December 29th, 2018.