Friday, February 8, 2013

Spoon-billed Sandpiper Revisited

Tuesday morning we returned to Pak Thale for another look at the Spoon-billed Sandpipers, within ten minutes of arriving on site we had found five feeding  with a few Red-necked Stint, with no wind and perfect light the views were amongst some of the best I have ever had. Amongst the many hundred of waders present was a single Asiatic Dowitcher, Sanderling, 4 Red Knot, 500 Great Knot and at least 800 Eurasian Curlew.
Common Snipe
Pintail Snipe
We then moved to Laem Pak Bia and took a boat out onto the sandspit and within five minutes of landing had seen male and female White-faced Plover, two Chinese Egret and 3 Malaysian Plover. Also present were at leasts four dark phase Pacific Reef Egret and half a dozen Sanderling. The rest of the morning was spent in the nearby research stagnation, where on saltpans there was a Hueglin's Gull and a Ruff.
Little Cormorant
Indian Cormorant
 As usual there was plenty of birds in the research station, where we had very close views of both Common and Pintail Snipe feeding alongside each other and good views of Pacific Golden Plover, Wood and Marsh Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Whiskered Terns, Night Heron, Eastern Yellow Wagtail and Richard's Pipit.  

Eastern Yellow Wagtail

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