Sunday, November 16, 2014

Odd sighting of Spoonie!






 I went to visit Prasae, Klang, Rayong, 2 hours SouthEast of Bangkok. Here there are some mangroves and areas where waders feed on exposed sandbars during low tide.

During high tide they often perch on poles put in the water for various fishing contraptions.

It is necessary to hire a boat and so we did along with a boatman. The birds have only fairly recently arrived from their breeding grounds in Siberia and were quite skittish. It was not as easy as I had hoped to get close to them.

We counted 36 Nordmann's Greenshanks and 1 Grey-tailed Tattler besides the many Grey Plovers, Great Knots, Whimbrels, Bar-tailed Godwits, Common Redshanks and oodles of Sand Plovers.
As I got home and checked my images I was pleasantly surprised to find this Spoon-billed Sandpiper in one of the images. This is the 1st time I have come across one outside of the sites on the Western coast of the Inner Gulf of Thailand.

 
                              Nordmann's Greenshanks has such sweet looking demeanor!
                                                And so nice to be able to get this close.
 




    
                              
          


Grey Plover




                               Bar-tailed Godwit


2 comments:

Linda said...

Lovely photos!

John Holmes said...

It must have been a nice surprise to get the "Spoonie" in flight with plovers. I did the same once with a "Spoonie" in a flock of Curlew Sandpipers.

Good to see most of our Hong Kong passage migrants in this post too.