2012-11-10 Birds of Prek Toal Sanctuary

15 11 2012

We took a birding trip that also included a visit to the floating village of Prek Toal.  The village was cool, but some of the birds that we saw were brand new ones for me!  The noisy boat was a drag, but we DID manage to get close enough for a FEW decent shots.

1) The Oriental Darter, known often as a "snake bird" due to its neck:

Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) The Eastern Great Egret (seen here in the trees)

Eastern Great Egret (Ardea alba modesta) in the trees by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) The Chinese Pond-Heron (in flight)

Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) A pair of Blue-tailed Bee-eaters

Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) The Spot-billed Pelican

Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The Grey-headed Fish Eagle

Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) The Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

I hope you enjoy them!  There are some more available along with other pictures from the day on Tonle Sap Lake at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157632017826116/with/8187428673/





2012-11-09 and 2012-11-10 Floating Villages of Cambodia

15 11 2012

We visited two floating villages while in Cambodia.  Kampong Pluk and Prek Toal.  The villages are located way out in the flooded plains of Tonle Sap Lake.  In the dry season, it’s not so far out, but now, at the end of the wet season – it’s a LONG way to land.  These villages are, for the most part, simply a conglomeration of houseboats with a few permanent structures such as the Buddhist temple.

Things work differently in a floating village.  The store comes to you.  There was a general store boat

and also boats that specialized in different foods. 

You don’t just run over to your friend’s house, you get in your boat and paddle over, you take the boat to school, and you basically live life in boats

When you live in a floating village, your main industry is, unsurprisingly, fishing.

Most importantly, if you don’t like your neighbours in your floating village, you just pull up anchor and move – HOUSE and all.

If you’d like to see more from these two floating villages, please visit the flickr sets at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157632005287691/
and
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157632017826116/

Thanks for taking time to visit!








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