BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Sunday 30th December 2018
Pursat Grasslands
Started the morning birding around Pursat grasslands, which is north-east of Phnom Penh along the southern edge of Tonle Sap lake. The target here was Chinese Grassbird, which can be difficult to see as they often skulk in long grass. It took us a few hours walking around the grasslands before Chea eventually picked one up at the top of a stalk. We got brief but good views on two occasions.

Other birds seen here included Spot-billed Duck, Painted Stork, Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Spot-billed Pelican, Black-winged Kite, Pied Harrier, Watercock, Common Buttonquail, Pin-tailed Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Whiskered Tern, Green Bee-eater, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Brown Shrike, Australian Bush Lark, Striated Grassbird, Oriental Reed Warbler, Black-browed Reed Warbler, Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Golden-headed Cisticola, Bluethroat, Red Avadavat, Paddyfield Pipit, Red-throated Pipit and Plain-backed Sparrow. On the way out we saw a few White-shouldered Starlings in some trees off the track.

We then drove to Phnom Penh and stayed overnight there.
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
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala), Pursat Grasslands, Pursat Province, Cambodia.
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)
Pursat Grasslands, Pursat Province, Cambodia. December 30th, 2018.
With Black-headed Ibises
Plain-backed Sparrow (Passer flaveolus), Pursat Grasslands, Pursat Province, Cambodia.
Plain-backed Sparrow (Passer flaveolus)
Pursat Grasslands, Pursat Province, Cambodia. December 30th, 2018.
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus), Pursat Grasslands, Pursat Province, Cambodia.
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)
Pursat Grasslands, Pursat Province, Cambodia. December 30th, 2018.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), Pursat Grasslands, Pursat Province, Cambodia.
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
Pursat Grasslands, Pursat Province, Cambodia. December 30th, 2018.
Palm-dart butterfly sp., Pursat Grasslands, Cambodia.
Palm-dart butterfly sp.
Pursat Grasslands, Cambodia. December 30th, 2018.
Pursat Grasslands, Pursat Province, Cambodia.
Pursat Grasslands
Pursat Province, Cambodia. December 30th, 2018.