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CAMBODIA & LAOS

Friday 20th February - Saturday 7th March 2015

Craig Robson

Greater Adjutants (Craig Robson)

Greater Adjutants (Craig Robson)

Another great tour to this bird-rich region brought us a long list of memorable sightings. Fine sunny weather prevailed, and we could have done with some rain by the end! In Laos, Bare-faced Bulbul, Sooty Babbler, Lao Langur and Jerdon’s Bushchat all showed well, and we also bumped into Yellow-vented Green Pigeon and Pale-headed Woodpecker. The bulk of the specialities were in Cambodia of course, with Chestnut-headed Partridge, Milky Stork and Greater Adjutant at one of the largest remaining ‘large waterbird’ breeding colonies in Asia, White-shouldered and Giant Ibises, White-rumped Falcon, Bengal Floricans (with some males displaying), flocks of Sarus Cranes, a scoped Pale-capped Pigeon, Spotted and Brown Wood Owls, an incredible 15 species of woodpecker, including Rufous-bellied Yellow-crowned and Black-headed, Blue Pitta, Mekong Wagtail, Manchurian Reed Warbler, the newly described Cambodian Tailorbird, and Asian Golden Weaver to name but a few. Most unexpected was a Great White Pelican at Prek Toal, for which there are few contemporary records. Our total of 354 bird species was by far the highest ever recorded on this tour. Irrawaddy Dolphin and Eld’s Deer headed-up the mammal list.

The uncommon but attractive White-throated Rock Thrush (Craig Robson)

The uncommon but attractive White-throated Rock Thrush (Craig Robson)