This site is just a quick 30 minute ride from Siem Reap, reachable by tuk-tuk, bicycle or auto. We bird the variety of habitats near the solitary peak that is crowned by a pre-Ankorian temple. Phnom Kroam sits on the edge of Tonle Sap lake and overlooks rice paddies, lotus ponds, open water and floodplain scrub habitat.
It is perfect for a half day adventure, either starting at dawn with the flights of egret and storks or later in the afternoon as the day cools down. A variety of water birds are seen here, including herons, bitterns, rails and ducks. If water levels are good, waders can be found in numbers and variety. During dry season (Nov-Apr), Bluethroat, Siberian Rubythroat and a variety of wintering warblers can be found.
A typical trip brings 65 to 75 species over a 3 hour period. Similar areas nearby are sometimes used if conditions warrant. These include the paddies and scrub beyond Chereav and the Wat Chedai area.
Chestnut-capped Babbler, Bright-headed Cisticola, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Lesser Coucal, Large-hawk Cuckoo, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Cinnamon Bittern, Yellow Bittern, Black Bittern, Baya Weaver, Black-browed Reed Warbler, Oriental Reed Warbler, Watercock and other wetland bird species. Plus Watercock, Blue-throated Bee-eater and Greater Painted Snipe at certain times of the year.
Accessible all year, with a turnover of species throughout the year.
Rice paddies, scrub and a variety of freshwater wetlands, depending on the season.