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August 24, 2012

Rabbit Island Birding

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 11:13 am

Rabbit Island, Kep, Cambodia

Rabbit Island is just off the town of Kep in South-east Cambodia. At a rough guess I would say it was called Rabbit Island because it resembles a rabbit. doh! I got the boat out about nine o’clock after the usual run-around with tuk-tuks and travel agents, etc.

Kep Pier
The pier at Kep

Here are the boats that go out to the island. Kep was flattened by the Khmer Rouge who hated anything to do with the bourgoisie. Now it is being decimated by horrendous architecture. Modern Khmer architecture is very very ugly. Bad taste, kitch, the whole shebang.

Getting on the boat
Getting on the boat

Here is one of the locals getting on the boat with a few supplies.

Rabbit Island beach
Landing on the beach

This is the beach where I am staying. I went for a couple of swims this afternoon and it was very pleasant.

Yellow-vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)

I went for a walk this afternoon with the aim of photographing some birds. There were quite a few birds hovering around the coconut trees. But not much variety.

Brown-throated Sunbird
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)

Quite a few Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) as well hovering around the tops of the coconut trees. It is hard to tell them apart from the Olive-backed Sunbirds but the bill is very different.

Pied Fantail
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

There were a few Pied Fantail flitting through the denser bush as I was walking around the island. They are a lot more skittish than our Aussie Grey Fantails who come up real close to you and check you out. I did photograpgh something that resembled a Firrethroat but it is not likely as they are usually montane birds. I then thought it might be a Rufous-breasted Bush-robin but no, they are usually in north myanmar. Maybe it was some type of blue flycatcher. I would show you the photo but it is total rubbish.

seaweed farm
Seaweed Farm

There were a few seaweed farms on the other side of the island. They had ropes strung along the beach with plastic bottles holding them up. Seaweed was growing on the ropes.

Rabbit Island bird list

Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)

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