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Going out to sea

Alan on a boat trip!

A change of birding scene for us today as Nick had arranged a boat trip for us. We went to a colourful little fishing village.

Fishing boats 2

We jumped aboard our boat but we weren't the only ones heading out to sea.

Fishing boat puts to sea

As we headed down the river all was calm but at the mouth of the river as we headed out to sea, it started to get quite choppy for our little boat. Oh dear, we weren't prepared for seasickness! However luckily we didn't have far to go before we reached our destination: a small sandbar just offshore.

Island view

Timing was crucial here to catch the tide just right, but our skipper was not only a skilled boatman, he was also keen on his birds, and we were here to see some very special birds indeed. Target number one was fishing in the shallows as we approached.

Chinese Egret 1

Chinese Egret 2

Chinese Egret

We set up the scopes to see what else was about.

Island birding

Target bird number two scurried into view, paused, and then scurried out of sight round the corner. This bird wasn't hanging around. We scurried after it for another look.

Malaysian Plover 1

The rather speedy Malaysian Plover

Malaysian Plover 2

Malaysian Plover 3

This was also a great place to watch Whiskered Terns passing close as they fished in the channel.

Whiskered Tern flight 1

There were birds all around us and it was hard to know which way to look. Luckily our captain was keeping an eye on the tide and all too soon it was time to return to the boat before our sandbank disappeared under water, so we headed back to the boat.

Ruth on island

The birding continued even as we headed back to the fishing port.

Boat birding

Nick and Ruth still scanning for birds

Painted Stork

Don't forget to look up - Painted Stork overhead

Fishing boat returns

A fishing boat was also returning with its catch


Weird Mudskipper by the jetty

All that sea air had made us hungry.

Buddha time

Not sure what time it was but it certainly felt like lunchtime!

We headed to a nearby open air restaurant and had a look at the menu.


Any ideas what to have?!

Fried fish

Luckily Nick knew just what to order: freshly fried fish!

More Thai tales to follow shortly so do check back!


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