Sunday, November 25, 2012

Waders, waders, waders!

Tommy Pedersen from the UAE and Vincent Everts both passed through Bangkok on business. What better way of spending a day but to look for rare waders at Petchaburi? I seriously don't know of any more diverse site on the planet. In the end we saw 2 Spoon-billed Sandpipers, 6 Nordmann's Greenshanks, 62 Asian Dowitchers (incredible amount), 2 White-faced Plovers, 6 Malaysian Plovers, 1 Small Pratincole (uncommon in the area), 12 Grey-headed Lapwings, 30 Terek Sandpipers and 3 rare Chinese Egrets. Of course we saw a lot of the more regular waders as well and plenty of other birds.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

1st year male White-faced Plover

Male White-faced Plover assuming breeding plumage.

As above

Male Malaysian Plover

Female Malaysian Plover

Asian Dowitcher

Monday, November 19, 2012

Spoonie again!

 Brian Fletcher stopped over for a day on his way from Sydney to a birding tour in Northeastern Brazil with Birdquest. Brian had tried to see the Spoonie on two different occasions, once in Myanmar and once in Thailand but failed.
This time he was rewarded with some of the best views possible. We spent several hours enjoying 3 birds as they fed in the salt pans.

Brian also added Milky Stork to his world list as well as White-faced Plover, so it was quite a happy man that boarded his plane the day following.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wader Quest

Rick and Elis Simpson has set out to see as many waders as possible within a year of birding.
Their journey began with an attempt to see Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Baktaly, Petchaburi, Thailand.

They had allotted a week for their visit to Thailand and I was able to join them on their 1st day.

It still has rained a fair bit and the salt pans are full of water. This makes it a bit hard to find the smaller waders. It took us about an hour before we got sight of our Spoonies. 3 birds were feeding next to a narrow piece of soil at the end of one of the pans. This naturally gave cause for rejoicing.

We kept going and ended up with 28 species of waders for the day.

                                          Spoon-billed Sandpiper
                                          White-faced Plover
                                           Chinese, Pacific and Little Egret


1. Spoon-billed Sandpiper - 3
2. Curlew Sandpiper
3. Broad-billed Sandpiper
4. Common Sandpiper
5. Marsh Sandpiper
6. Terek Sandpiper -1
7. Wood Sandpiper
8. Common Greenshank
9. Nordmann's Greenshank - 4
10. Ruff
11. Black-winged Stilts
12. Grey Plover
13. Pacific Golden Plover
14Lesser Sand Plover
15. Greater Sand Plover
16. Malaysian Plover
17. White-faced Plover
18. Kentish Plover
19. Red-necked Stint
20. Long-toed Stint
21. Little Ringed Plover
22. Whimbrel
23. Eurasian Curlew
24. Far Eastern Curlew -1
25. Red-wattled Lapwing
26. Grey-headed Lapwing -2
27. Sanderling
28. Black-tailed Godwit

Other good ones: Chinese Egret and Milky Stork