Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Asian Waterbird Census

I did my AWC sites on Saturday(23rd), with by far the best being the saltpans between KM 51 and KM 60 on Rame 2 Road (that's the main highway between Bangkok and Cha-am. This is an area I have driven passed very regularly, but I have never made time to stop, so it was good to have a motive to stop and explore the area thoroughly.

Highlights included 22 species of wader, including a flock of 16 Asiatic Dowitchers and at least 275 Great Knot as well as 500+ Black-tailed Godwit and three species of stint. I only explored the (very big!) area to the south of the highway, but the north side also has saltpans and is certainly worthy of investigation.

Asiatic Dowitcher

Great Knot

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