An early flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia saw us reach our hotel, the wonderfully named Golden Banana by 9am. Soon after we visited the nearby Angkor Thom temple and indulged ourselves in our first taste of culture! Along the way we found a flock of Ashy Minivets, Black-naped Oriole, Yellow-browed Warbler and in the process of calling in an Asian Barred Owlet discovered an Indochinese Cuckooshrike mobbing the owlet – a very surprising find here. The temple ruins are a truly fascinating place to wander around, although probably the highlight for most of us was a fine Black Baza drifting slowly overhead and a Brown-backed Needletail. After lunch and a siesta we visited the incomparable Angkor Wat temple and spent some time here before heading into the surrounding forest for the last couple of hours of daylight. Our first target, Hainan Blue Flycatcher appeared quite quickly and we also found a Shikra, Lineated Barbet, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, a pair of Forest Wagtails, and several Asian Barred Owlets and a pair of Brown Boobooks.
|Angkor Wat Temple|
|Asian Barred Owlet|