Not a full survey this time – the tide beat us to it.
Setting out – James and Kanda getting themselves sorted!
As the boat moved toward the rivermouth we disturbed a Common Redshank flock roosting at the mouth of a tributary.
Being in a flock has its disadvantages when trying to maneouvre in limited space! At the bottom of the flock quite a few got wet, but all successfully relaunched and were none the worse for their dip.
Spot the odd one out?
There you are – a Marsh Sandpiper!
Sharp, and almost in frame!
It gets pretty congested under the mangroves as the tide rises.
Some prefer the wide open spaces of the rivermouth.
Another mangrove roost along the coast.
We found the Brown-headed Gull roost again.
A few tolerated close approach.
Among the egrets was this Great in breeding condition – not seen that before – I wonder if it means anything?
A sizeable roost of sand plovers and small calidrids.
And a bevy of Nordmannic beauties!
Lastly, this is where the knots and godwits hang out. I love this scene, because I imagine this is how this part of the west Peninsular Malaysian coastline has looked for thousands of years. Long may it remain so!