Thursday, 10 February 2011

Bangkok and on

Scored at the second attempt: Plain-backed Sparrow, endemic to this region of Asia.
With our stay at Cha-Am coming to an end, there was time for one last stop at Pak Thale before heading on to Bangkok for the flight south to Krabi. First, a second attempt in suitable roadside habitat en route saw us succeed in finding Plain-backed Sparrow, a South-East Asian endemic with a limited distribution from Burma to southern Vietnam.

Migrant Burmese workers transport salt the traditional way at Pak Thale.
At Pak Thale, we again located Spoon-billed Sandpipers fairly quickly on arrival, and eventually Mark Andrews and I had four birds in view at the same time - though it was suspected that at least six were present in total.

Three Spoon-billed Sandpipers, flanked by Red-necked Stint (left) and Curlew Sandpiper (right).
Unfortunately, the 'Spooners' were typically on view as we looked into the sun. I spent some time carefully moving position to get the light behind me, and got almost halfway there - when the above imag was taken - before someone else walked up a little too quickly and flushed the birds. They didn't return within half an hour so, with time running out before we had to leave for the airport, I set off to check another salt pan for waders. And there, almost the first bird I put the bins on, was another 'Spooner' (again looking directly into the light, but I hope this video is worth it):


Finally we had to leave the wonderful Pak Thale for the last time, but I couldn't resist one last wader shot, this time properly lit:

Spotted Redshank winters in good numbers at Pak Thale.

1 comment:

  1. Come to think of it, Thailand is home to a lot of exotic bird species. There are lots of migratory birds visiting the area.

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