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A real surprise down on the pans

We find a rarity for Thailand

Saltpan roller 1

We were back at the saltpans next morning.

salt sack thai

Salt production is big here.

salt shed Thai

Empty salt warehouse, guess sales are going well?

Flock lifts

Mind-blowing numbers of waders out here.

Flock lands

We toured the area checking each saltpan and soaking up the bird spectacle.

Temmincks Stint Thai 1

Two Temminck's Stints taking it easy in the sunshine.

spot billed pelican thai

Two of these huge Spot-billed Pelicans dropped in.

wood sandpiper thai 1

Great to see familiar birds, like this Wood Sandpiper

Pacific golden Plover Thai 1

with less familiar species, here a Pacific golden Plover.

Pacific golden Plover Redshank Thai 1

Common Redshank and more PGP's.

Long toed Stint Thai flock

A flock of Long-toed Stints were great to study, just in case.

Long toed Stint Thai 1

Long-toed Stint goes his own way.

Collard Kingfisher 1

More than waders out here, Collared Kingfisher was new for us.

We were driving slowly along a track between saltpans when Alan spotted a wader that looked different and we stopped instantly. Binoculars up and Alan was shouting "Long-billed Dowitcher!". But we were in Thailand, surely not? But there it was, a Long-billed Dowitcher roosting on the edge of the pan here in Thailand, a very long way from home!

Long billed Dowitcher Thai 1

At first this American vagrant was asleep

Long billed Dowitcher Thai 2

Luckily the Long-billed Dowitcher woke up and gave great views.

As luck would have it as we watched the mega rarity another car load of birders rolled up. Out jumped Peter Erikkson, one of Thailands top listers, unfortunatly Peter slammed his car door and the waders all took flight, including the Dowitcher! Nick was well aware that the bird would be a new bird for Peter's huge Thai list and explained that we had just found a Long-billed Dowitcher. At first Peter thought it was a joke, until we showed him the pictures on the back of Ruth's camera. His face was a picture! He had just flushed a Thai life tick without seeing it. Luckily the Long-billed Dowitcher had not gone far, dropping on to the next pan and a very relieved Peter got his lifer, thanks to The Biggest Twitch.

Crab pink claws

This little fella was crossing the track.

Black winged Stilt Thai 1

Some birds are just stunning where ever you see them!

Heuglins and brown headed gulls

Very few gulls here, a Heuglin's Gull with Brown-headed Gulls.

Intermediate Egret Thai

Intermediate Egrets are coomon here, odd posture these birds have.

Marsh Sandpiper Thai 1

Marsh Sandpiper looks alert and ready for take-off.

Asiatic Dowitcher 1

An Asiatic Dowitcher hiding amongst Black-tailed Godwits.

Far eastern Curlew asleep

There is a Far-eastern Curlew in this flock, honest!

Lots more images from Thailand to come, please check back soon.


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