Friday, September 17, 2010

A new Spooner

Afternoon trip to Khok Kham with Tom Lees to seek out SPOON-BILLED SANDPIPER.

We commissioned Mr Tii's help in the task, and after much (too much!) searching Mr Tii came up trumps with just 20 minutes light left in the day.  The bird we saw appeared to be an adult in winter plumage - different from the 1st summer that has been seen on-and-off since late July - indeed this was the first time that Mr Tii had seen this bird.

Other notables today included 29 RED KNOT,  many hundreds of RED-NECKED STINTS (with one bird appearing to have retained full summer plumage), one BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, several hundred MARSH, BROAD-BILLED, and CURLEW SANDPIPERS, 3 TURNSTONE, 10+ LONG-TOED STINTS and many hundreds of LESSER SANDPLOVER (some still exhibiting faded summer plumage).  Non-waders included WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN, WHISKERED TERN, COMMON KINGFISHER and BLUE-TAILED BEE-EATER.

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