Boat on the Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos

March 31, 2009

When I started the previous boat posting on the Mekong River, you could probably guess where next to the boat photos. I’ve been around the Mekong River many times last year. Luang Prabang was one of destinations. The town is located alongside the Mekong River. How couldn’t I get the boat photos?

Here are some photos taken on a boat trip to Pak Ou Caves.

Boats at Pak Ou Caves

Boats at Pak Ou Caves


Paddling boat on the Mekong

Paddling boat on the Mekong

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Boat on the Mekong River, Chiang Sean, Thailand

March 27, 2009

Unintentionally, I have just realized that I’ve got lots of Boat photos taken from many trips I did last year and even the lastest trip I went to Cambodia. Let me start at the boat photos on the Mekong River in Chiang Sean, Chiang Rai, Thailand. I went there last New Year holidays. Photos taken at the late afternoon, around 5-6pm.

I don’t know why…when I look at these photos, they give me a thought like “between a pause, there always has a move”. Just like the photos below particularly the second photo, the boat parked but things around it keep moving… flowing river… drifting mist… even time goes by…

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Birding around Ang Trapaeng Thmor – More photos

March 17, 2009

Many species had been seen around the Ang Trapaeng Thmor. It is a proof of successful ecotourism concept in Cambodia; long-term environmental, socio-cultural and economic sustainability.

I almost forget to mention about a local organization who provides birdwatching tour in Cambodia. The Sam Veasa Center (SVC) in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society is the tour organizer of our trip. Visit thier website for more information http://www.samveasna.org

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Birding around Ang Trapaeng Thmor

March 16, 2009

There are many birds you can see around the Ang Trapaeng Thmor. Spending a day or couple of days, your birds’ wish list would be fulfilled like some of Thai birders I traveled with.

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Encounter moment with the Eld’s Deer

March 15, 2009

Besides the Eastern Sarus Cranes at Ang Trapaeng Thmor, another highlight of the trip was seeing the Eld’s Deers. It might not sound that exciting. But believe me… it was really stirring because we had seen them in the woodland (kind of savanna in Africa). I couldn’t be still in that circumstance. Guess what? I turned myself to be a hunter and followed the Eld’s Deers while they were walking away to keep a distance from strangers (us). The only thought in my head was that I wanted to shoot them!! ….with my camera, of course.

However, it was about at noon. The weather and temperature there was really hot and of course, heat also. The best distance I can get close to them was just about one kilometer. Not the great shots of them I got, but I still insist it was the great moment to encounter them.

Male Eld's Deer

Male Eld's Deer

Hello dear..deer

Hello dear..deer

Group of Female Eld's Deers

Group of Female Eld's Deers

**Photos taken with Canon 450D and Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens.


Eastern Sarus Cranes Landing

March 12, 2009

Fact: The Eastern Sarus Crane is the tallest crane species, standing six feet tall and with a wingspan of eight feet. Its habitat range is around Indochina, though its populations have dropped significantly in the last 50 years. It’s still had small populations in Myanmar, Vietnam and most notably Cambodia, where its last major breeding ground is.

Photos taken by Canon 450D with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. Objects distance apprx. 250-300 meter.

"Tower..Tower.. clear the runway"

Crane 111/222: "Tower..Tower, request your permission to land"

Tower: "Crane 111, cleared for landing. Crane 222, heavy traffic on the ground, hover for a moment. Copy?"

Tower: "Crane 111, cleared for landing. Crane 222, heavy traffic on the ground, hover for a moment. Copy?"

Crane 111: "Crane 111, cleared for landing, roger."

Crane 111: "Crane 111, cleared for landing, roger."

Crane 222: "Tower, Crane 222 stop hovering, energy level's down. request immediately land" (hahaha)

Crane 222: "Tower, Crane 222 stop hovering, energy level's down. request immediately land" (hahaha)


The Eastern Sarus Crane Heaven, Ang Trapaeng Thmor in Cambodia

March 11, 2009

As I mentioned on my previous posting that I went to Cambodia for birding trip, how could not I show you proof of success?

The Ang Trapaeng Thmor was the main destination of the trip. Located in the north western Cambodia and it is not far from the border of Thailand actually. Well, let’s ignore how much effort I had to do on the road to getting into the Sarus Crane area (In case you don’t know that, please see my previous post – Overland Birding Trip), once we arrived to the location it was very lucky moment. The cranes were about to get down on the ground.

At the moment I saw them, there was no word I could say unless “wow..wow…this is really amazing!!’

The Sarus Crane

The Sarus Crane


Could not believe my eyes (really!)

Could not believe my eyes (really!)


In the air

In the air


I believe I can fly...

I believe I can fly...