Monday, May 19, 2014

Sunday, 18th May

I fancied trying for some late spring waders yesterday, so made an early morning trip to Khok Kham to catch high tide.

Still  a good number of waders present

Despite the late date there were a good few birds around -  a mixture of over-summering 2nd calendar year birds and perhaps late migrating/non-breeding adults.  Highlights included 100+ Lesser Sandplover, 50+ Red-necked Stint, 10 Curlew Sandpipers, a posse for six Eurasian Curlew with a single Whimbrel, ten Black-tailed Godwits, one Terek Sandpiper, one Ruddy Turnstone and a couple of Greenshank.

Red-necked Stints
pink-legged Pond Heron
Whiskered Terns
 Herons included at least 10 Night Heron, and several Javan Pond Herons, including the  rather red-legged individual above (the leg colour a sign of prime breeding condition), whilst terns included thirty or so Whiskereds, a single White-winged Black and several Little Terns.  I took rather a meandering route back to Bangkok, picking up two stunning male Asian Golden Weavers from the car.

Possibly the highlight of the day however was seeing this huge waterspout over the Gulf of Thailand...

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