Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 28, 2012

Birding Stung Treng

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Mekong River Discovery Trail, Cambodia.

Back along the Mekong River Discovery Trail this morning. I started off early but it seemed like it was going to be a slow morning. I saw a male eclipse Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) impersonating a humminbird by hovering around some branches, a few Spotted Dove (Geopelia chinensis) and the usual Common Myna (Acidotheres tristis) or three.

Common Iora
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)

I think this is the best shot I have got of a Common Iora.

Richard's Pipit  and  Little Green Bee-eater
Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardi) and Little Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)

Two for the price of one in this photo. I managed to get aoneblurry photo of a Greater Flameback (Chrysocoloptes lucidus) in flight. Shame its no good.

Black-hooded Oriole
Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus)

I just kept seeing all these new birds. It was awesome. I have not ticked them off yet but I got quite a few today.

Indian Roller
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)

Black Drongo
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) in flight.

Blue-rumped Parrot
Blue-rumped Parrot (Psittinus cyanurus)

I had been seeing these parrots flying past for the past two days but had been unable to get a shot of them. Until now. I was stoked when i saw this. First parrot type bird since Malaysia I think.

Changeable Hawk-eagle
Changeable Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus)

The Changeable Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus) also has been called by the scientific name of Spizaetus cirrhatus – so take your pick. In my humble opinion this bird is a juvenile pale morph. I think he has a chicken in his talon. The drongos were harassing him. Flying around him in flight and flying at him when he roosted in a tree. What a magnificent raptor!

Black Drongo
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

This Black Drongo was having a good old yell at the Changeable Hawk-eagle and later chased it off to another tree.

Changeable Hawk-eagle and Black Drongo
Changeable Hawk-eagle and Black Drongo

The when the Changeable Hawk-eagle got to another tree, he got harassed by a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo. Them drongos sure do stick together.

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)

After this photo, the Chestnut-headed Bee-eater swooped down and caught a dragonfly. They are incredible hunters. And of course, the Chestnut-headed Bee-eater does not have a tail extension like other bee-eaters.

Common Hoopoe
Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

The Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is a very strange looking bird with its long bill, black-marked crest flying high in the air like a mohawk, and its back covered in black and white bands. With a main colour of pinkish buff.

butterfly
a butterfly

Eastern Marsh-Harrier
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

I took this photo of a juvenile Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus) whilst walking around on the outskirts of Stung Treng town. It was hovering over the edges of the river, circling and moving north up the Mekong, away from the mouth of the Sekong River, where Stung Treng is situated.

Bird List Stung Treng 2

Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)
Spotted Dove (Geopelia chinensis)
Common Myna (Acidotheres tristis)
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardi)
Greater Flameback (Chrysocoloptes lucidus)
Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Streak-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus blanfordi)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster thais)
Little Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti)
Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus)
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
Blue-rumped Parrot (Psittinus cyanurus)
Changeable Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus)
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
Eastern Marsh-Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

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