I'm now back at home in Chiang Mai after a short but fruitful trip to the central part of Thailand. It was such a great fun watching and taking photos of shorebirds in salt pans and mudflats. Even though it was unbelievably hot and sunny, birds were showing really well and I enjoyed taking photos of them a lot. I visited Khok Kham in Samut Sakhon province on April 7. It's a great birding place near Bangkok where I saw my first Spoon-billed Sandpiper back in 2001. I thought that it'd be great if I can see the bird again, but not a problem if I can't. As I was taking photos of some tame common waders, a local birder came talking to my dad and told him that a Spoon-billed Sandpiper was found just a few days ago. We then moved to the area where that birder told us he saw the spoonie. I scanned the flock of small waders and quite unbelievably, I finally spotted a Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) wading along with a flock of Red-necked Stints!
|Spoon-billed Sandpiper beginning to assume breeding plumage|
|Perfect angle to show its spoon-shaped bill|
Before leaving the place for Bangkok, I met Gerry of the Birds of Thailand and Beyond blog. I told him the place where I saw the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and I'm pleased to see from his blog that he also found the bird. Hopefully, it will stay longer for other birders to come and watch. I heard that the individuals at Pak Thale have already gone, so this bird might be the last chance for this season. For more info about Spoon-billed Sandpiper's foraging style with video clip, visit David Sibley's blog here.