This is a map to the first site in Buriram.
Good news is, Buriram has most all of the birds that Cambodia has and is free (no hassles what so ever)! This out standing location is broken up into two sections. The first is a lake (Huai Chorakhe Mak) just south of town. When you get to the area just ask about the Sarus crane. People will point you in the right direction. You really need to rent a pickup for this hop.
Once you pass the park turn left on the first paved road after the gate. It will take you around the lake. At that point you are on your on. Do a little walking and exploring around the lake. It is well worth the effort. I counted about 15-20 Sarus crane at this location.
The second location is about 35KM father down the road. It is called Sanam Bin Reservoir No Hunting Area. This is one of the best locations I have ever been to for BIF photography. The lake is positioned where in the morning you can shoot with the sun at your back over looking the marsh. And in the evening you can shoot with the sun at your back overlooking the lake. Excellent location for photography. It also has a viewing tower. Very nice location for birders.
To get there look at the map above and zoom in until the locations are readable. Follow Rd. 219 down until you see Sanam Bin Reservoir No Hunting Area. It is right before Hwy 219 intersects Hwy. 24.
These guys feed around the lake mostly. Easy to spot and fairly easy to approach and photograph. They are protected and tracked by the government. I saw and meet the group tracking them one evening. Very dedicated and nice folks.
You can get some impressive flight shots of these guys.
Feeding by the hundreds on the lake. Wait until they are leaving the lake, heading to there roosting site for the evening for the best flight shots.
Here by the hundreds at the second location. Early in the morning they are heading in to roost. Beautiful to watch and to photograph.
These guys were here by the hundreds. Feeding in the fields after harvesting.
These small Crake's were easy to take. I was so glad to get a good shot of these guys.
All over the fields around the lake. I love shooting these guys.
This lady was feeding her young. Great to watch and photograph.
These guys were all over the place. Easy pickings for me as a bird photographer. A lot of fun to shoot.
All over the lake, feeding around the edges.
All over the read beds around the lake.
I saw and photographed the knob-billed duck (Sarkidiornis melanomas). Beautiful, and the bird I went after. I will post process it later and add it. Many many more hard to find birds in Thailand are here.
Highly recommended, I did not see another birder at this location the 5 days I stayed here. So you can explore at your leisure and have a great time. My kind of birding. :)
Safe travels, and good birding, Gary