Ream National Park, Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
I was supposed to go to Ream National Park yesterday but the trip was called off because of rain. Today it was just as rainy but it went ahead. I just went with a tour from Sihanoukville. It only cost me $20, so it was a pretty good bargain. We went on a boat along the river to the mouth and walked around the headland to the ocean beach.
The Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) does actually have a thick woolly neck with glossy black plumage, white vent and tail-coverts and a dark bill. They live in a wide range from Asia to Africa. They are also known as the Bishop Stork or White-necked Stork.
The Painted Stork (Mycteria leucophala) is white with black flight feathers, yellow head skin and pink tertials. Their range is Asia south of the Himalayas and South-east Asia. They have a heavy yellow bill with a down-curved tip.
The Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea) is all white with black flight feathers, yellow bill and red skin on the head. Their range is from Cambodia, Peninsular Malaysia and the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sumbawa, Sulawesi and Buton.
The Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) is a large bird with naked pinkish head and yellow neck skin, white underparts and black wings. The upper edge of the bill is straight. It is found in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia and Cambodia.
The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is a small kingfisher found in Eurasia and North Africa.
There were a few Little Egrets far off on the mud flats and about four of them roosting in the branches of the mangrove trees while the storks foraged below.
There were heaps of Brahminy Kites soaring all over the river and estuary. I saw a couple of juveniles as well. Some were roosting in the trees along the river.
Ream bird list
Little egret (Egretta garzetta)
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucophala)
Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus)
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)
House Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) aka Pacific Swallow
Little Heron (Butorides striata)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)