Northern Cambodia is right across the border from Thailand and Laos.
There are so many bird species here that do not exist in Thailand. Or very hard to see in Thailand.
I am amazed the bird guides do not target this area. The area is easy to access. The birding is very easy. The accommodations are adequate. To be honest I am at a loss? There must be a reason, but I cannot figure it out.
The reality is, by the time birders put this on there list it will be too late. The forests in this wildlife area, are being cut very fast. In a very few years there will not be any birds in the lowland areas IMO. EVERY old tree that is good for logging has been targeted. I'm not an expert on conservation, but what I see is not promising.
Anyone wanting to see these big birds needs to come and see them now while they are easy to see.
This first pic is of a critically endangered bird. It didn't take long to spot these guy's.
I spent about a week just exploring the area, and they would fly over the road every morning and evening. Often landing in trees close to the road.
To photograph them, I just waiting for them to fly over and hope they landed close by. With a little luck and persistence I got several shots.
White-shouldered ibis (Pseudibis davisoni )
700mm, ISO 640, 1/640, F/5.6 Tripod mound, a fairly long shot. I shot threw a small opening in the trees so I could get closer to them with the sun at my back.
This shot was just off the road where a group of four landed late in the evening. Another long shot. But, they were kind enough to wait until I was in good position and got a few good shots before they flew off.
Woolly-necked stork (Ciconia episcopus)
700mm, 1/640, ISO 1000, F/5.6
I am amazed at the raptors in the area. It is teaming with them. I photographed several other species but will not show them here.
Grey-headed fish eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus)
700mm ISO 1250, 1/1600, F/5.6
One more shot of this guy. This was taken March 24, 2016
My second trip to northern Cambodia.
This guy was in the same place as last year. The trees are being cut very fast here. This guy is in a lot of trouble because of habitat loss.
Fairly common bird here. Not easy to photograph.
One more of this guy. This is a detailed photo I got when it was getting a drink of water. Late one afternoon.
I want to explore another area very quickly then head back to Thailand.
If you have the time. Especially if retired. This area is a great place to kill a few weeks, and a great birding destination.
Do your homework before coming. So you know what to expect and the approximate location of your target bird and you will have no problems. But, do it fast. It won't be in this state very long.
All the best and good birding, Gary