Photos of birding sites 
Birding trip
report Cambodia and Thailand 12 Feb. - 3 March 2016  -  John van der Woude  www.jvanderw.nl 
See also main report.
Photos from both Nollie and me.


Pak Thale wader site at the saltworks.

View from our room at the iTara hotel 15 km south of Pak Thale.

Salt works near Pak Thale.

The holy grail: Spoon-billed Sandpiper. We found it on our own.

Long-toed Stint (Taigastrandloper), also at the Pak Thale site. See the species list for the other special waders we got here.

More salt works near Pak Thale.

Kaeng Krachan NP. Typical roadside birding.

Black-thighed Falconet, in the clearing given on the map in the main report. Kaeng Krachan NP.

Kaeng Krachan NP.

Map of Ban Krang camp site plus visitor centre. Note the three river crossings left, the main birding area in Kaeng Krachan NP.

This male Oriental Pied Hornbill came to our table at Ban Krang's visitor's centre.

Near Ban Krang, Kaeng Krachan NP.

As so often, a trogon turns its back to you. Orange-breasted Trogon near Ban Krang, Kaeng Krachan NP.

Red Junglefowl, Kaeng Krachan NP.

Wreathed Hornbill, Kaeng Krachan NP. Note the small stripe on the pouch.

Kaeng Krachan NP.

In the higher part of Kaeng Krachan NP. We had no luck with Rachet-tailed Treepie, the specialty here, but otherwise enjoyed this higher area. Still, spending more time around the Ban Krang site and below may be better if you don't have many days for Kaeng Krachan NP.

Long-tailed Broadbill and White-browed Piculet (below) at the small bamboo-rich forest plot along the road directly below Ban Krang, Kaeng Krachan NP. There is a circular nature trail.


Cambodia: the less touristy and more birdy entrance of the huge Angkor Wat temple complex near Siem Reap. This is just part of the wall around the complex.

Hainan Blue Flycatcher in the woodland of Angkor Wat, at the site of the above photo.

Forest Wagtail in the same area.

Main part of the Angkor Wat temple complex. This is the largest old Hindu temple in Asia, so it is also visited by many tourists from India.

Presumed Asian Barred Owlets cut in the stone wall below, showing the Ramayana epic.


Another famous part of the Angkor Wat complex. Even if you come to Siem Reap for birding only, you MUST visit this complex. Moreover, it is a birdy site.

The smiling buddhas, a later part of the Angkor Wat complex.

Despite all the tourists coming here, the woodland is good for several birds.

The bird sanctuary at the western side of the Tonle Sap lake. Good for both adjutants, which were still lifers for us.

Also Grey-headed Fish-Eagle was easily seen here.

Spot-billed Pelican and Oriental Darter were common here.

Oriental Cuckoo in one of the many bare trees seen from the boat.

Lesser Adjutant, much more common than Greater.

In the boat that brought us across the Tonle Sap lake. Here I show the boatsman the navigation app on my phone, which he enjoyed.

The floating village on Tonle Sap lake, near the eastern border.

After the boat trip across the Tonle Sap lake we had time left for exploring the paddyfields near the lake. Good for Red-throated Pipit.

Stejneger's Stonechat, Saxicola stejnegeri. Split from Siberian Stonechat, which itself is a split from Common (now European) Stonechat.

Drier paddyfields in the same area.

Plaintive Cuckoo on lotus, another form of agriculture in this area.

The Ang Trapaeng site the next day and much further west. Here with Sarus Cranes.

This site is famous not only for the cranes but also for raptors, like this Indian Spotted Eagle, a split from Lesser Spotted Eagle.

Sarus Crane, Ang Trapaeng site.

Our excellent guide for the whole trip in Cambodia, Nara Duong. Ang Trapaeng site.

Spotted Wood Owl. Found with the help of a local guide who assisted Nara our main guide. Ang Trapaeng site.

Eld's Deer, an increasingly rare mammal, is still present at the Ang Trapaeng site. We were lucky to see it I think.

Spotted Owlet, Ang Trapaeng site.

Part of the Ang Trapaeng site is a very shallow lake, with Pygmy Goose and Comb Duck.
Home of the rangers of the Ang Trapaeng site. Here we had our lunch (packed lunch from Siem Reap).

Best spot for Red-throated Pipit in the Ang Trapaeng site.

Empty plastic bottles used for fishing of some sort.

At the Bengal Florican grasslands the next day.

The first Bengal Florican we saw. Typical bustard flight.

Walking across the grasslands we passed Oriental Pratincoles now and then.

A wetter part of the Bengal Florican grasslands, with Manchurian Reed Warbler, a lifer.

A better view of the Bengal Florican.

Searching the grasslands. From right to left Nollie, Nara and the keen local guide.

Nara and me walking back to the car in the Bengal Florican grasslands. What a great site, like all other sites so far in Cambodia! And all so much unlike the birding sites in Thailand or Vietnam, so a combination of Thailand or Vietnam with Cambodia is absolutely recommendable.
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Typical view of the Tmatboey open woodlands in the central North of Cambodia. Here we spent three full days, there is a lot to see, and you may need time to see the rare Giant Ibis.

White-shouldered Ibis is only slightly less rare than Giant Ibis. Tmatboey is one of the few places where these two ibises can still be seen. This bird landed close to us while on its way to a night roost.

Lesser Adjutant is also in these open woodlands.

Packed breakfast while slowly searching for Giant Ibis.

Giant Ibis some time after we had found it foraging below this same tree. We did not approach it during its foraging but just used the telescope. This photo is also taken through the telescope.

Apart from the two ibises (glad we found them in the beginning of our stay here) the huge Tmatboey open forest has a lot more to offer. This is Brown Wood Owl near its usual stake-out.

White-rumped Falcon, another Tmatboey specialty which is increasingly rare in other Asian countries.

Black-headed Wodpecker, a lifer for us. One of the ten woodpecker species we saw in Tmatboey.

In search of nightjars in a bit more open part of the Tmatboey woodlands. Both Indian and Savanna Nightjar were here (the latter on the photo below).


Sorry for the poor scope photo but this is another increasingly rare species in Southeast Asia: Pale-capped Pigeon. Early in the morning while walking to the river shown below.

A good point (with benches) to sit and look over the river valley e.g. for pigeons and raptors. Van Hasselt's Sunbird was above our heads all the time, and a Chestnut-headed Bee-eater was active near the water.

Brown Fish Owl in another part of the Tmatboey woodlands.

A group of Great Slaty Woodpecker, another nice one of the ten woodpecker species we saw in Tmatboey.

Nara Duong our guide and Nollie, and the local ranger/guide at the background. The hut on stilts is only for the wet season, for the farmer to be close to his small rice field inside the woodlands.

After our short flight back to Thailand (Bangkok), we drove north to this nice Rongsang Resort south of Saraburi.

Just beyond Stijn de Win's Wat we found the Limestone Wren-Babbler in the undergrowth at the base of the cliff left.

Near the visitor's centre of Nam Nao NP. Good birding in not too dense forest, with White-crested Laughingthrush and Greater Yellownape (both below).


Visitor's centre of Nam Nao NP. Such open spots amidst the forest are always worthwhile.

Sultan Tit, one of the nicest birds in SE Asia.

At this gravel road in Nam Nao NP (see map in main report) we found our only Pin-tailed Parrotfinch. Glad we saw it, as we had missed it at its stake-out in Kaeng Krachan during the first leg of this trip. Typically the parrotfinches were foraging in the large bamboo stand left of the road.

Near the border of Phu Hin Rong Kla NP we found, thanks to Dave Sargeant's website and directions, the for us most important bird of this leg of our trip, Jerdon's Bushchat. Insets of scope views of this chat, that we had missed on our Thailand trip in 2003.

All along the road traversing Phu Hin Rong Kla NP is good birding. Here we had Dark-backed Sibia.

Strange rock formations in one part of Phu Hin Rong Kla NP.

Rice fields near Nakhon Thai town, see map in main report.

Chat Trakan NP, with Blue Whistling Thrush near the water edge.


The remote region north of Chat Trakan NP, towards the border with Laos.

Near the border with Laos.

The taller forest just after the police checkpoint (see map in main report).

Inside the botanical garden at the Laos border.

In Phu Suan Sai NP. another lovely forest park, very quiet as it is so remote, at the Laos border.

At the Tesco food store in Phu Ruea town just before driving left up to Phu Ruea NP.

Visitor's centre of Phu Ruea NP.

Halfway to the higher part of Phu Ruea NP.

The low vegetation in the higher part of Phu Ruea NP.

Now much further south, in the more tropical and well-known Khao Yai NP. We spent one night near the northern entrance of the park. We added it to our trip as we would drive along it anyway, and also to be not too far from Bangkok airport in the last night. So actually we spent only one morning in the park; we had visited it in 2003 already, and we were told that the park is very busy nowadays.

Silver Pheasant early in the morning on the then still quiet Radar road (see map).

The clearing at the Radar road. Normally good for birding, but less so for us at that morning hour.

The central cafetaria of Khao Yai NP. Crested Serpent-Eagle overhead here.

Yes it can be this busy in Khao Yai NP. Here a group of monkeys was in the trees, near the visitor's centre.

See also the main report with detailed maps.