Sunday, January 19, 2014

Plovers and other birds at Anlung Pring and Boeung Prek Lapouv

In a recent trip to Anlung Pring there were several species of plover foraging on a mudflat. The plover shown below is confusing. It's legs seem to orangey for Little Ringed. However, it's bill is too long and slender for a Common Ringed Plover. Some people I contacted said CRP others LRP.

In the Oriental Bird Club Image database the closest picture is the following which is of a Little Ringed.

Final conclusion: Little Ringed Plover with orangey legs

Below a picture of a Kentish Plover that was feeding in the same area. This bird was also ID'd as such by another birder.

Also at Anlung Pring were what I estimate to be 500-600 Garganeys. A week later in Boeung Prek Lapouv there were what must have been over one thousand. From far we saw a wheeling flock of what I thought must be shorebirds, but on closer inspection they proved to be Garganeys. Water levels are unusually high this winter.

Further notable records (personal opinion) :
- 29 Sarus Cranes at AP and perhaps over two hundred at BPL (I didn't do a complete count as there were many small groups scattered around the site)
- What I believe were 9 White-shouldered Starlings fly by at AP
- 2 Black-winged Stilts at AP and a flock of around 15 seen at BPL
- 12 Black-tailed Godwits at AP
- Around three hundred Painted Storks at BPL
- At least thirty Black-headed Ibis at BPL
- Over fifty Asian Openbills at BPL
- 6 Comb Ducks at BPL

BPL is very good for waders this year. There was a lot of burning last year and the site is much more open and coupled with the high water is suppressing vegetation growth. Didn't get a chance to really go birdwatching here, as I rarely do. If someone is interested in covering this site well soon I'm sure it will be both productive and interesting! 

Robert van Zalinge


  1. Hi Robert, in the top photo, the bird on the right is a Kentish, which explains the size confusion. On the left is a Little Ringed Plover.

  2. Thanks Dave. It does make a difference and I believe you're right. Regards, Rob