I really took a lot of photos during my short trip to the Gulf of Thailand in April. The first place where I visited was the internationally well-known place called Khok Kham, where I spotted a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in this post. I arrived at the birding spot late in the afternoon and the sky was covered with stormy clouds, even though it was extremely sunny just about 30 minutes before I arrived. Anyway, overcast weather also gave a nice chilly mood to these photos.
|Broad-billed Sandpiper assuming breeding plumage|
|With a Lesser Sand Plover in the background|
|The race schaeferi of Lesser Sand Plover actually has completely black forehead.|
This one is still on its way.
I spotted a flock of waders staying together in a pretty good number in a small salt pan not very far from the road side. I grabbed my camera and slowly tried to approach them. I slowly lowered myself down as I was approaching the birds and finally, I was lying on the ground fully and extremely slowly creeping towards them. I could get almost as close as 10m, which is not easy at all to do so in Thailand. Most of the birds that came closer to my were Broad-billed Sandpipers, Red-necked Stints and Lesser Sand Plovers. Most of them have already moulted into breeding plumage.
|It was a nice day for birdscaping.|
|How Broad-billed Sandpipers feed|
|This shot was taken after it scratched its neck.|
|The same very territorial and aggressive Lesser Sand Plover|
|Another individual with fully black forehead|
|A Pacific Golden Plover in its smart breeding plumage|
|Broad-billed Sandpipers are really my favourite.|
I noticed that most of the Red-necked Stints and Lesser Sand Plovers were very territorial and aggressive. They'd chase other individuals off as soon as they entered their territories. Other than the 3 species listed above, there were few Pacific Golden Plovers in smart breeding plumage, a pair of Red Knots, some Curlew Sandpipers, Marsh Sandpipers and lots of Black-winged Stilts.
|This Red Knot was half way through its moult.|
|It was staying in pair with another bird in non-breeding plumage.|
|Another shot of the non-breeding individual|
|Lesser Sand Plovers in two different plumage|
|This one was the tamest. Unfortunately it just started moulting.|
|Few more birdscaping shots|
|A Broad-billed Sandpiper to end this post|
|To confirm that it really has a broad bill|