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!
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!