Sunday, February 28, 2016

More Bokor birding

Bokor, 27 February

A one day visit, but one which was extremely productive. What is the partridge trail is still not clear to me, but the trail we found last time resulted in several encounters with partridges on this day. One or two pairs were foraging near the trail. Also spent time in the early afternoon on the "exercise trail" which turned out to be well worth the time.

Trail starting in large clearing past waterfall:
- Chestnut-headed Partridges. Black on flanks is more prominent than illustrated.

Exercise trail:
- Silver Pheasant. Two males that seemed to be in a non-violent dispute. Following each other closely and making a variety of growls. One male seen raising crest. Four females following. All crossed the trail at a leisurely pace and seemed completely unconcerned by our presence.
- Blue Pitta. Several responses. One seen.
- White's/Scaly Thrush. A very big thrush! Palish head. Large, but scattered, black markings below.
- Orange-headed Thrush. At same location (near the log stack/prescribed log lifting exercise!).
- Streaked Wren Babblers

In the clearing:
- Black Eagle. Yellow bill and legs, barring visible in tail. Hunting low over forest.

No hornbills seen this time round. Several forest fires could be seen at lower elevation from Kampot on both 26th and 27th.

Robert van Zalinge with John Kennedy.

We also met John Bowler and walked the clearing trail together in the morning. He then continued walking this trail until around 2 p.m. and when we met later he reported having seen mostly the same species as we did.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Ban Lung, Ratanakiri

Spent some time in Ratanakiri in February. I stayed at Treetop Lodge for a few days and also spent the morning of 5 Feb birding around the perimeter of Yeak Laom Lake.

 Asian Koel
Greater Coucal
Red-breasted Parakeet
Asian Barred Owlet
Spotted Dove
Black-naped Oriole
Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher
White-throated Rock Thrush
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Red-throated Flycatcher
Pale Blue Flycatcher
White-rumped Shama
Black-crested Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Dark-necked Tailorbird
Arctic Warbler
White-crested Laughingthrush
Little Spiderhunter
House Sparrow

Greater Yellownape
Laced Woodpecker
Great Slaty Woodpecker
Green-eared Barbet
Common Kingfisher
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Greater Coucal
Red-breasted Parakeet
Vernal Hanging Parrot
Asian Barred Owlet
Brown-backed Needletail
Crested Serpent Eagle
Common Iora
Black-naped Oriole
Ashy Drongo
Bronzed Drongo
Spangled Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher
Red-throated Flycatcher
Hill Blue Flycatcher
Hill Myna
Barn Swallow
Black-headed Bulbul
Black-crested Bulbul
Dark-necked Tailorbird
Dusky Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
White-crested Laughingthrush
Striped Tit Babbler
Olive-backed Sunbird

--Andrea Claassen