Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bakan floodplain ricefields

29-30 March 2016

I visited the Bakan floodplain ricefields on 29th afternoon and 30th morning. The morning visit produced best results. Parked the car just beyond the last houses, where the floodplain starts (there were two shelters where I parked). Area to the east of the track seemed most productive. Highlights were:

- Large scattered flocks of Yellow-breasted Bunting (estimate around 50 birds)
- Rufous-rumped Grassbird/Babbler

- Manchurian Reed Warbler (probably 2 birds, both in woody vegetation: scrub in hedgerow and at base of tree)

Thanks to Simon Mahood for also considering warbler identification before inclusion here.

Traditional seasonal rice farming in the Tonle Sap floodplain is rich in biodiversity and deserves conserving.

Robert van Zalinge

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