Saturday, October 26, 2013

Grass Owl!


This morning Sarah and I were taking the dog for a walk at Preh Ksach (the site where we discvered the tailorbird). We flushed a Grass Owl from just off the path. It had been sitting on the ground on a dead rat, I saw it briefly on the ground as it hesitated before taking flight. As it flew off the gold and bronze plumage and long gangly legs with toes projecting well beyond the tail were obvious.

This made me very happy since I had left Hanoi just six months prior to Sebastian's discovery of a multitude of Grass Owls virtually in Hanoi itself. There are very few records of Grass Owl from Cambodia.

Simon Mahood

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Another garden Luscinia...

No, not another mega, and unfortunately not my garden either! Watching a first year female Siberian Blue Robin this afternoon in the Sam Veasna Center office garden brought back happy memories of autumn 2012.

Earlier the same day I saw a female type Yellow-rumped Flycatcher flying between emergent vegetation in Prek Toal, Battambong.

Migration is definitely underway!

Simon Mahood 15 October 2013