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

1 comment:

Tommy Pedersen said...

Well done, Peter, Rick & Elis! I just finished a day with WaderQuest in Dubai and added a few goodies to their list: Crab Plover, Sociable and White-tailed Lapwings, Cream-coloured Courser etc...

Best of luck in your Quest!