Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kampot over Pchum Ban

Hired a motorbike from Lucky Lucky Motorcycle shop on Monivong, Phnom Penh. Paid 13 USD per day, and the owners were very nice. They made sure I got a good motorbike that could go up the mountain. My plan was to try photograph the Chestnut - headed Partridge and then if possible, Mangrove Whistler and Ruddy Kingfisher.

Drove to Salt pans with Simon Mahood on 22nd evening and was able to photograph the Stints.

23rd disappointing drive up to Bokor; no Wreathed Hornbills, Great Hornbills or Chestnut - headed Partridge. No birds on the CHP trail. Went back to the salt pans alone and photographed the Marsh Sandpiper and possible Curlew Sandpiper.... if I am right!!

Lots of Common Sandpipers and Lesser Sand-plovers and Ringed Plovers also seen in the salt pans.

24th morning took a boat to  Trapeang Sangke CPA and found a Ruddy Kingfisher!!
Photos from the trip below:
                                          Blue - eared Barbet (Bokor)
                                         Thick-billed Green-pigeon (Bokor)
                                         Marsh Sandpiper (Kampot salt pans), with Simon
                                         Red-necked Stint (Kampot salt pans), with Simon
                                         Long-toed Stint (Kampot salt pans), with Simon
                                         Curlew Sandpiper (?) Kampot salt pans
                                         Ruddy Kingfisher (Trapeang Sangke CPA)
                                         Ruddy Kingfisher (Trapeang Sangke CPA)
Ashish J I John.

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