Sunday, November 17, 2013

No sign of Spoonie

The leg-flagged Spoon-billed Sandpiper seen at Samut Maneerat on 7th Nov was seen again on 9th at Khok Kham (at least, it is assumed to be the same bird as these sites are quite close together), but the leg flag has yet to be read or photographed.

I spent a couple of hours over high tide this afternoon at Samut Maneerat to try to relocated it.  My efforts were in vain, but it was great to be out of Bangkok and in the peace and quiet of the gulf coast, with huge skies and listening to wader calls whilst sifting through mixed flocks which held  both sandplovers, Broad-billed and Curlew Sandpipers, Red-necked and Long-toed Stints, Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Pacific Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Red Knot and even a lone Avocet.

The waders were getting spooked by a Peregrine and Brahminy Kite, and I also picked up a distant Osprey.

Common Sandpiper, Nikon V1 with 300mm & 1.4x TC (equiv 1,100mm, f5.6)

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