Six Critically Endangered birds in five days!
Cambodia is the last stronghold of a set of magnificent birds that are now so globally rare they are considered Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. This tour is a superb opportunity, not just to see these incredible species, but by supporting SVCs work with community-based conservation to give them a chance of continued survival. Most of the bird watching takes place in open dry forest, a beautiful habitat in which to watch birds. One night is spent in our large safari-style tents, with the other nights at a purpose-built community ecolodge.
05:00 – Pick up from your hotel: This is a 2 hour drive from Siem Reap to Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area. A prepared breakfast will be provided when we arrive at the site.
06:30 – Birding at Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area: Our guides have a very good track record of finding these Critically
Endangered birds, the first of the six targets, they should be seen within the first few hours of the trip. Whilst we are enjoying the
floricans, other birds we typically see include Sarus Crane, storks, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Pied and Eastern Marsh Harrier, Small
Buttonquail, Bluethroat and Red Avadavat.
10:00 – Leave Stoung Bengal Florican Conservation Area for Tmat Boey Ecolodge: We will travel to the Tmat Boey Ecolodge, birding in dry forest along the way. During our birding stops, we will have lunch and hope to see White-rumped Pygmy Falcon.
15:00 – Arrive at Tmat Boey Ecolodge: We will get checked into the Tmat Boey Ecolodge. After we are settled in, we may get a chance to see our second Critically Endangered species in the evening, as we try to see the White-shouldered Ibis at a roosting site.
19:30 – Dinner and night at Tmat Boey Ecolodge
04:30 ~ 18:00 – Wake up to search for Giant Ibis followed by a full day of birding: SVC coordinates a scheme where the local people are paid to protect the nests of the two Critically Endangered ibis present – Giant and White-shouldered Ibis. Consequently, our guides have a 100% record of finding these species for visiting birders! We will try to get good views of both species during the time we spend here. The birding is excellent and our guides, with the help of the SVCtrained local guides, have made a special effort to locate the day roosts of nocturnal species such as Spotted Wood Owl and Brown Fish Owl. Tmat Boey also supports an incredible 16 species of woodpecker including the fantastic Black-headed Woodpecker, the huge Great Slaty Woodpecker and the scarce Rufous-bellied Woodpecker. Our guides know where to find these and all of the dry forest specialties such as Indian Spotted Eagle, White-rumped Pygmy Falcon, Collared Falconet, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Indochinese Bushlark, Brown Prinia, Neglected Nuthatch and White-browed Fantail at this or nearby sites.Today and the following morning are very flexible as we rely on trained local guides to give us up-todate information on key species.Prepared breakfast and lunch will be provided in at the birding sites. Hot dinner at the eco-lodge in the evening.
04:30 – Wake up for last morning of birding in Tmat Boey: Prepared breakfast will be provided. We will be concentrating on
anything that we have not already seen before we travel to Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant.
11:00 – Lunch at Tmat Boey Ecolodge
12:30 – Leave for Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant: We will spend one hour in T’beng town to resupply our trip. It will take 3 hours overall to get to Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant.
15:30 – Arrive at Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant and late afternoon birding: Our local guides will have already set up large safari-style tents for us to sleep in. The vultures will not be fed until the next day, so there will be time for some birding in the dry forest in the later
afternoon and certain species may be easier to see here than at Tmatboey.
19:00 – Dinner and sleep at Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant: Hot dinner. We have the option to do some owling before bed with the hope to see Oriental Scops Owl and Large-tailed Nightjar. This will take 30 minutes to 1 hour. Rest before early start the next
04:30 – Wake up to go to Vulture Restaurant site: As vulture populations have crashed across Asia, Cambodia has held onto populations of the three species currently considered Critically Endangered. However, owing to a decline in wild cattle populations, Cambodia’s vultures are now reliant on supplementary feeding. Joining this tour offsets the cost of running the ‘vulture restaurant’ and includes the local community in the efforts to save these impressive, macabre birds.A cow will be provided to the vultures and from dawn we will be able to watch the spectacle of up to fifty White-rumped, Slender-billed and Red-headed Vultures feeding on the carcass. A prepared breakfast will be provided at the Boeng Toal Vulture Restaurant site.
12:00 – Lunch at local restaurant and Beng Melea: We will break the journey at Beng Melea, a spectacular jungletemple ruin set in semi-evergreen forest providing a different assortment of birds. There is a chance of finding some scarce winter migrants from the north here, such as the difficult to see White-throated Rock Thrush.
17:00 – Arrive in Siem Reap: We will drop you off at your hotel of choice.
Some of the wildlife species expected to see:
floricans, Sarus Crane, storks, Manchurian Reed Warbler, Pied and Eastern Marsh Harrier, Small Buttonquail, Bluethroat, Red Avadavat, White-rumped Pygmy Falcon.White-shouldered Ibis Spotted Wood Owl, Brown Fish Owl woodpecker, fantastic Black-headed Woodpecker, huge Great Slaty Woodpecker, the scarce Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Indian Spotted Eagle, White-rumped Pygmy Falcon, Collared Falconet, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Indochinese Bushlark, Brown Prinia, Neglected Nuthatch, White-browed Fantail White-rumped, Slender-billed, Red-headed Vultures, White-throated Rock Thrush
What is included?
- All accommodation or lodgings based on double occupancy
- Single occupancy available for an additional charge/cost
- You will have a dedicated tour guide for the entire trip
- Local transfers and all ground transport throughout the tour
- Entrance fees to all National Parks, Nature Reserves and/or use of Hides where applicable
- You will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks throughout the tour
- Water will be provided to you throughout the trip
- All activities as specified within the tour itinerary
- Personalised checklists
- SVC will contribute part of the trip cost towards conservation.
- All Applicable Taxes
What is not included?
- All international or domestic airfares
- Visa Fees (if applicable)
- Travel & medical insurance (incl. personal equipment and repatriation)
- Airport departure taxes
- Items of personal nature (incl. binoculars and telescopes)
- Excess baggage charges
- Laundry & telephone Charges
- Optional tour extensions where applicable
- Tips & gratuities
- Any other drinks not mentioned or alcoholic beverages or bottled drinks
- Anything else not mentioned in “What is included”
Sam Veasna Conservation Tour has been in operation since 2016 and has guided some of the top international birding companies in the world across Cambodia. We only employ the best bird guides in Cambodia who have over 12 years of birding and guiding experience. Our tours are designed to give you the best opportunity to view your target species in a relaxing, stress-free environment.