Pulau Mantanani: 8 – 12 Oct 2012: Waders

Offshore islands aren’t known as hotspots for waders, and Mantanani didn’t prove to be one. But it was very cool to hear Wood Sandpipers passing over calling – usually invisible in the vast blue sky – regularly. Once I did manage to spot a calling wader overhead – just a Pacific Golden Plover – but visible migration is always special!The Point had two long-stayers, let me introduce them:

An adult Red-necked Stint and a juv Ruddy Turnstone.

They just bummed about on the beach all day and supped from fresh coconuts – reckon they’ve got this migration thing sussed!Crowds – what crowds?

This is how I knew it wasn’t a Semi-palmated Sandpiper!A bit of surfing!The only problem with a beach like this – it’s HOT – so keep your feet off it as much as possible!

And a bit of exercise when I ventured too close!


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