Vietnam, Day 9, 29 January 2019 - Yok Don National Park

Today was mainly a travel day as we undertook the long drive north to Yok Don NP.

En-route, as usual there wasn't a huge amount to be seen but a Black-shouldered Kite as we left and a Jerdon's Baza were very welcome indeed. We 'insisted' on a stop at a large roadside lake/reservoir which proved to be a good call for some trip ticks - we managed  Black-backed Swamphen, 2 Greater Coucals, Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters, White-throated Kingfisher, Great White Egret, 2 Little Cormorants, Asian Palm Swifts and Ashy Woodswallows. I then ventured into some roadside reeds to get a little closer to the water and fortuitously flushed a Barred Buttonquail that I was the only one to see! The journey also yielded several Burmese Shrikes, 4 Black-collared Starlings, Black-crested Bulbul and Southern Sooty-headed Bulbul.

After checking in to the rather ropey NP accommodation at Yok Don we convened for a late afternoon walk. Crossing the bridge over the Srepok River (clocking Common Kingfisher, Grey-eyed Bulbuls and Sand Martin) we did a walk through refreshingly different habitat - open dry deciduous forest. Initially just Taiga Flycatcher and Lineated Barbet were seen but then a fly-through Asian Barred Owlet, a Greater Flameback and a group of 3 Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes certainly livened things up! A little later, as we made our way back along one of the main tracks we had some nice views of a Rufous Treepie and then, jackpot - a mega Black Baza!

Rufous Treepie

Lineated Barbet

That night we were 'treated' to what was one of the worst meals we had on the whole trip served in what looked like a disused warehouse! NP hospitality at its best!       


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