BIRDING IN CAMBODIA AND LAOS DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Thursday 3rd January 2019
Ban Na Hin / Dragon Cave / Vietnam-Laos border
This morning we decided to travel a bit further east towards Vietnam to explore other areas and try for Limestone Leaf Warbler. The first stop was a temple close to spectacular limestone crags. We saw some Sooty Babblers foraging at the back of the temple, and also a flock of Indochinese Yuhinas in nearby trees. We then travelled further east to a cave complex called Dragon Cave. No warblers seen, but we did see a nice Banded Bay Cuckoo and a confiding Blue Rock Thrush.

We kept going east and reached the Vietnam border with Laos, but the weather had deteriorated - it was cold, misty and wet. The forest around here looked particularly good, but there was no point stopping as we could barely see in front of us. So we turned around, and stopped at a few spots on the way back.

Along the way we saw Long-tailed Shrike, Black Eagle and Speckled Piculet. Then we arrived back to try the Dragon Cave area again. Still no joy with the warblers, so we chilled out and had some beers!
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
Grey Bushchat (Saxicola ferreus), Dragon Cave, 35km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos.
Grey Bushchat (Saxicola ferreus)
Dragon Cave, 35km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 3rd, 2019.
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius), Dragon Cave, 35km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos.
Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius)
Dragon Cave, 35km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 3rd, 2019.
Blue Rock Thrush video below (with Puff-throated Bulbul):
Banded Bay Cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii), Dragon Cave, 35km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos.
Banded Bay Cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii)
Dragon Cave, 35km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 3rd, 2019.
Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis), Near Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos.
Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis)
Near Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos. January 3rd, 2019.
Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus), Near Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos.
Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus)
Near Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos. January 3rd, 2019.
Green Dragontail butterfly, Dragon Cave, 35 km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos.
Green Dragontail butterfly
Dragon Cave, 35 km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 3rd, 2019.
Dragonfly sp., Near Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos.
Dragonfly sp.
Near Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos. January 3rd, 2019.
Striped Squirrel, Dragon Cave, 35 km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos.
Striped Squirrel
Dragon Cave, 35 km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 3rd, 2019.
Temple and limestone crags, Near Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos.
Temple and limestone crags
Near Ban Na Hin, Khammouane Province, Laos. January 3rd, 2019.
The border between Laos and Vietnam, 85km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos.
The border between Laos and Vietnam
85km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 3rd, 2019.
Dragon Cave complex and forest, 35km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos.
Dragon Cave complex and forest
35km east of Ban Na Hin, Laos. January 3rd, 2019.