Subject: Vietnam?
From: David Bishop <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:09:14 +1100
Vietnam is a wonderful country for birding. In my experience, based on the many 
tours that I have had the privilege to lead to that country, it is still quite 
'birdy' especially at the right time of year and in the better protected areas. 
For me one of the most striking features is how things have improved in recent 
years. For example, now within a protected areas such as Nam Cat Tien National 
it is usually easy to see Siamese Firebacks (note plural) along the main road 
through the forest; the endangered Green peafowl appears to be substantially on 
the increase (or at least they are more confiding and thus more visible) along 
with Gaur in the same habitat. Hornbills, Gibbons, Black-shanked Douc Langur, 
Bar-bellied Pitta and hordes of parakeets - almost absent now in Thailand! 
Admittedly things are not perfect but with the exception of Bhutan where are 
they? Yes there is illegal trapping, hunting and logging BUT more people are 
becoming aware of their exciting natural heritage and new areas such as in the 
Komton province for the endemic Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush and Black-crowned 
Barwing still has extensive forests oozing with birds, many of them exciting 
and little known. Playback is a useful tool but can be overdone by the 
inexperienced, however, in my opinion sure beats trampling the habitat to dig 
out a particular bird. The Vietnamese guides that I know are exceptional 
all-round naturalists and very professional. I'll be back there later in the 
year and I for one cannot wait!


David Bishop Bird Tours
K David Bishop
Semioptera Pty Ltd
PO Box 1234
+61 412 737 297
+61 2 6771 5580

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