I visited Ang Trapeang Thmor last week for several days. Water levels are still very high. We also had a spell of rain and cool, overcast weather for a day, which was a nice relief from the increasing heat.
Birding highlights were:
Greater Painted Snipe (2, one male and one female seen on different days in different locations)
Common Coot, 2
Himalayan cuckoo, 1
Ruddy-breasted Crake (1 crossing the dam at dusk)
Black-winged Stilts (group of around 30 flying from "WCS wetland" towards the reservoir)
Eastern Marsh and Pied Harriers (photo below is of what I believe is a female Pied, confusion with Western Marsh Harrier is possible if only seen well from above)
Greater Spotted Eagle (at least 1 seen on different days)
Kestrel (1 female, probably Common)
Chestnut-tailed Starling (2, along southern dam wall) - I don't know if this species has been recorded at ATT before? A pair was nesting in a pylon as I've observed them do in Takeo.
And of course Sarus Cranes! with the largest number seen at a single location being 139.
It was great to occasionally stumble on groups of Eld's Deer in the area north of the reservoir (a group of 15 seen on one day)
Robert van Zalinge
Monday, February 24, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
However over last weekend Ashish saw Cambodian Tailorbird at the Genocidal Center, also known to tuk tuk drivers as the Killing Fields. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Phnom Penh, and is easily reached by tuk tuk, or by following the map below. Ashish saw the bird at point 13 on the audio-tour. I guess you could pause your personal audio tour of the killing fields at that point and then tape the bird in. James Eaton heard the birds at this site in October 2012.
It’s worth just sitting back and thinking about this for a minute. Up until 2013 there was an undescribed bird species inhabiting one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cambodia, within the limits of the capital city. Could there really be other undescribed bird species in other equally accessible parts of the world?
Simon Mahood 7 February 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Thanks to Robert’s post of 4th Jan an afternoon trip (1/2/14) to Preak Kasach/Preak Pnaov armed with the search image of a bird I’d barely heard of before yet alone seen.
With remarkable ease good views of 2 white-browed crakes. No wryneck or grass owls but an enjoyable hour or so at the site and lots of birds.
Not sure where the best place people go now is but we took the road towards the new golf development and then past the no entry sign (fortunately in Khmer only) onto the dyke which runs more or less parallel to the main road and offers good views in the afternoon light.