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Our tour targets several magnificent endangered species as we work with guides from the Cambodia Bird Guide Association, founded in 2016 and dedicated to safeguarding avian rarities and protecting the environment as well as working to make a difference in the Cambodian countryside. One star is the critically endangered Giant Ibis, a shy woodland bird with but a few small remnant populations (about 250-300 birds in all); and there's the almost equally rare White-shouldered Ibis in an area that also has White-rumped (Pygmy) Falcon and an exciting variety of forest species including woodpeckers (Black-headed, White-bellied, Great Slaty, Rufous-bellied, Yellow-crested, Rufous, and Spot-breasted) and owls (Brown Fish-Owl, Spotted and Brown wood-owls, Oriental Scops-Owl, Asian Barred Owlet, and Brown Hawk-Owl). We'll also visit the fantastic waterbird colony on Lake Tonle Sap, where hundreds of herons and egrets are joined by a few pairs of both Lesser and Greater adjutants, in precipitous decline elsewhere, and the beautiful Painted Stork. Being out on the lake among the floating villages en route to the sanctuary is an amazing experience.
After visiting a now-abandoned rice project for the rare Milky Stork, Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed jacanas, Pied Harrier, and a population of Sarus Crane, we'll spend a day and a night at the Vulture Restaurant at Baeng Toal where three Critically Endangered species of vulture--Red-headed, White-rumped, and Slender-billed--come in to feed. En route to the north we will make a foray for Bengal Florican, a very rare bustard that survives on grassland sanctuaries that are under heavy pressure from rice farmers. At Kratie on the Mekong we will search for the rare Asian Golden Weaver and the recently described Mekong Wagtail, whose scientific name commemorates Sam Veasna, a pioneer of Cambodian bird conservation. The finale is a visit for the newly described Cambodian Tailorbird near Phnom Penh--ours was the first tour group to see this is 2013 while it was still undescribed.
We'll also spend time birding among the extraordinary ruins of Angkor Wat and the incredible nearby temple complex, a stunning, exotic backdrop and one of the cultural wonders of the world! We'll have an expert temple guide here, so the cultural aspects are nicely catered to and the photo opportunities wonderful. The start of the tour is quite relaxed with ample opportunities for resting, manicures, pedicures, and shopping in Siem Reap markets.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2023 sample (PDF)
- 2024 (PDF expected Jun 2023)
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2025, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Feb 3-19, 2024
Guided by: Phil Gregory & local guide
Tour Manager: Karen Turner
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Provisionally full; waitlist available - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2023=$6375
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Feb 1-17, 2025
Tour Manager: TBA
Tour Limit: 8
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2023=$6375
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Enjoy looking through the 8 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!