Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Grey-headed Lapwings

Black-winged Stilt

Early boxing day morning, rather than walk around the local patch and see the same Black Bazas and lonesome Watercock, I decided to jump in the car and have a drive around and see what I could find. Only 10 minutes drive from the house I found an excellent area of very wet paddies, lotus covered ponds and scrub, I spent the next three hours wandering around. The whole area was full of birds, with hundreds egrets and Open-billed Storks, good numbers of waders, a few raptors and a few smaller birds. 

Little Egrets

During the morning I found four groups of Grey-headed Lapwings amassing an amazing total of 103 birds, in groups of 13, 17, 29 and 44. Wood Sandpipers were everywhere probably totaling around 180, other waders included 350 Black-winged Stilts, 40 Little-ringed Plovers, 34 Pacific Golden Plover, 17 Temminck's Stint, 13 Marsh Sandpipers, 3 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper and a single Common Sandpiper. Whilst walking along the bunds numerous snipe were flushed with at least 40 Common, 20 Pintail and a group of 11 Painted Snipe which I almost trod on. 

Bronze-winged Jacana

Good numbers of jacanas were also around with at least 50 Pheasant-tailed and 30 Bronze-winged. In addition to all the egrets and Open-billed Storks, were six Yellow and three Cinnamon Bittern, 11 Grey and three Purple Heron. Birds were regularly being flushed by at least three Eastern Marsh Harrier and single Black and Bhraminy Kite

Eastern Yellow Wagtails and Red-throated Pipits were scattered across the site with around 50 of each, other passerines included good numbers of Oriental Reed and Dusky Warblers, thousands of Eurasian Swallows, 50 Baya Weaver and four Chestnut Munia.       

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