Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 22, 2012

Kampot and Kep Birding

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Kep, Southern Cambodia.

I still had a bunch of photos left over from Kampot after I had gone to Kep. Kep is on the coast about 30 kilometers south-east of Kampot.

Edible-nest Swiftlet
Edible-nest Swiftlet (Aerodramus fuciphaga)

These swiftlets were flying over the guest house in the afternoon so I took this photo from my balcony. They have these houses where they play swiftlet calls to attract all the birds into the building to make nests. The birds make nests from saliva and Chinese people make soup from these nests.

Paddyfield Pipit
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)

In the afternoon I went to the salt pans which are on an island in the delta of the river that Kampot is on. This Paddyfield Pipit has got quite a bit of rufous marking on his chest. There were a few Yellow-vented bulbul, Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)and Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) as well but not much else.

Common Greenshank  or Asian Dowitcher
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) or Asian Dowitcher

It might be an Asian Dowitcher but the underwings are not white. But the bill is straight. The Common Greenshank has a slightly upturned bill at the end. Not sure.

Kep

Then this morning I was off to Kep and I went for a walk around the bush near my guest house. I saw a Sooty-headed Bulbul, a few Spotted Dove, and Common Myna.

Common Hill-myna
Common Hill-myna (Gracula religiosa)

The neck colouring on these Common Hill-myna seems a bit orange to me. Maybe they are a local sub-species. It should be more yellow. I also spotted a Black-collared Starling (Gracupica nigricollis).

Kampot and Kep bird list

Edible-nest Swiftlet (Aerodramus fuciphaga)
Yellow-vented bulbul
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) or Asian Dowitcher
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Spotted Dove
Common Myna
Common Hill-myna (Gracula religiosa)
Black-collared Starling (Gracupica nigricollis)

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