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Craig Robson

Cambodian Tailorbird (Craig Robson)

Cambodian Tailorbird (Craig Robson)

As smooth running as ever, the latest Birdquest tour to this popular birding region of South-East Asia came up with the goods once more. Our species total remained high for the second year running, with 349 recorded. In Laos our main highlights were the expected Bare-faced Bulbul, Sooty Babbler, and Jerdon’s Bushchat, backed-up with some unexpected bonuses in the form of Baikal Bush Warbler, Black-browed Fulvetta and Indochinese Yuhina. The bulk of the specialities were in Cambodia of course, with Chestnut-headed Partridge, the near endemic lewisi form of Silver Pheasant, Greater Adjutant, White-shouldered and Giant Ibises, White-rumped Falcon, Bengal Florican, Sarus Crane, Pale-capped Pigeon, Buffy and Brown Fish Owls, Spotted and Brown Wood Owls, Oriental and Collared Scops Owls, four species of nightjar, Rufous-bellied, Yellow-crowned and Black-headed Woodpeckers, Mekong Wagtail, Manchurian Reed Warbler, the newly described Cambodian Tailorbird, and Asian Golden Weaver to name but a few. Irrawaddy Dolphin and Eld’s Deer headed-up the mammal list.

Angkor Wat (Craig Robson)

Angkor Wat (Craig Robson)