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K., Mysore, India (also the Redberry
- Annotated Ramsar List - This site contains information
Boeng Chhmar and Associated
River System and Floodplain
Koh Kapik and Associated Islets
Middle Stretches of the Mekong
River north of Stoeng Treng
Sap Lake, the coastal areas in Koh Kong province
and the flooded forest along
the Mekong River from Stung Treng to the border with Laos have all been
identified as potential RAMSAR sites - minimal information
available on the WWW. This is the home of the largest remaining breeding
colony in the world for the endangered Spot-billed Pelican, about 5,000
birds. See also this
site and this
Search of the Giant Ibis - Cambodia! The name conjures up
of continual war, poverty, millions of land mines, and rampant crime. This
was all too true just a few years ago. The war is over and the law and
order situation has improved greatly. Poverty and the land mines remain.
Fortunately, they failed to put mines in all parts of the country and the
mined areas are well known and can be avoided.In spite of being war-ravaged,
Cambodia still contains significant forested areas and some of the most
prolific wetland areas in Southeast Asia, including remnant populations
of several endangered species of birds. One of those, the Giant Ibis, is
one of the most endangered species in the world. In January 2001, Pete
Davidson discovered a relict population of Giant Ibis in northern Cambodia,
numbering 40-70 birds, more than were believed to exist.
Report: Cambodia, March 28 - April 7, 2002 by Graham Talbot
Chris Campion. Following the publication of Ben King's report on his web
site detailing his trip to see Giant Ibis, Chris and myself discussed the
possibility of twitching them from Hong Kong. The logistics however seemed
immense and the thought was soon dismissed. However following the
publication of Peter Davison's excellent article on the Giant Ibis in World
Birdwatch and his subsequent paper "Seeing the Giant Ibis", it seemed
that the logistics were not that difficult. We originally planned a short
stay with the sole intent of seeing the Ibis however we modified our plans
when it became apparent that we could also see Bengal Florican and the
recently described Mekong Wagtail.
Report: Bangkok and Cambodia, by Genie Silver. In early
2003, my husband and I spent several days in Bangkok and 6 days in Cambodia.
This was not a birding trip but I birded one morning for a few hours
on the outskirts of Bangkok. In Cambodia, my husband joined me for a 6
hour round trip on the Tonle Sap Lake to the Prektol Birding Sanctuary.
Report: Unexpected SE Asia: Thailand, Cambodia and
April 9 – May 9, 2003, by Garry George. This was our third trip to the
region in an attempt to fill in the big holes in our list. We planned April
because the big holes might be calling. The Spoonbill Sandpiper reliable
for the past few years at Kok Karm were another factor. We had expectations.
But one of the great joys of birding and nature is the unexpected event
that interrupts the flow of expectation and awakens us from our numbing
assumptions, much like the Buddha’s teaching.
Factoids taken from Where
to watch birds in Asia - by Nigel Wheatley