Bakong, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
I had to have a bike rider today because you cannot hire a motorbike in Siem Reap. Another example of the Tuk-tuk Mafia in action. It is hard to explain that you want to go and photograph birds and not to see things like this.
There. I got a photo of an Angkor Wat temple ancient thingie. Now, can I go bird-watching, please? I went to Bakong, which is about twenty kilometers east of Siem Reap. I was hoping for some birds but I saw nothing. Just a Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger) and a Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier).
And there is the obligatory photo of the monks. They were yelling out Hello something or other. Most unholy-like of them I am sure.
I did manage to get a photograph of a Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger). There were a pair of them in the moat surrounding the temple/castle.
The other thing that was around the moat was this lovely butterfly. I did spot a Yellow-vented Bulbul as well. Slim pickins, fo sho.
This crocodile is destined to become a belt or a handbag. My driver suggested we go to a crocodile farm and I relented because I was so frustrated by the lack of birds.
Fortunately I also saw this little lizard that looked like it could be some kind of dragon lizard because of its spines on the back.
Here is a close up of him, but you cannot see the spines along the back so well. doh! I do not know where I am going this afternoon. Some lake out to the north. I am not expecting much after the latest outings.
Bakong bird list
Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)