birding for Sarus Crane at Ang Trapeang Thmor

Ang Trapeang Thmor (ATT)

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Description

Located in Phnom Srok in the north-west of Cambodia and 110 km northwest of Siem Reap, Ang Trapeang Thmor Protected Landscape was created by Royal Decree in the year 2000 covers an area of 12,650 hectares of wetlands, grassland, dry dipterocarp forest, bamboo forest, and the open water surface. Ang Trapaeng Thmor known by locals people because of its man-made reservoir originally built using forced labor during the Khmer Rouge.

Nowadays, this important conservation area is well known as the feeding reserve for the tallest flying bird Sarus Crane (Grus Antigone) that typically arrive at the site in January and stay until May when they return to the Northern Plains and other sites across the country for breeding.

Ecotourism to ATT plays an important role to support the conservation works of the site, local communities have been encouraged to provide services like local guiding, cooking and so on to generate extra income for a living.

Species: 

Sarus Crane, other species including six species of duck, 4 species of owls, Black-necked Storks, Purple Swamphen, Bronze-winged, Pheasant-tailed Jacana  Spot-billed Pelican, Greater Spotted Eagle, Milky Stork, Painted Stork, Oriental Plover. About 200 bird species are reported. Small groups of the endangered mammal Eld’s Deer (Rucervus eldii) also come to get the water at the site from February to May.

Tour:

A trip to Ang Trapeang Thmor is usually done within a day trip from Siem Reap and all year round, within 2 hours traveling each way.

Best time to visit Ang Trapeang Thmor is from January to April and August to September. Even though this site is available to explore all year round, yet sometimes from May to December, a quick check with the locals there to see if the birds are active or quiet is recommended.

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