Sorry to be flip-flopping around a bit chronology-wise. This visit was actually the day after the Spoonie sighting down-post. I went back to the site with Yeap Chin Aik and Simon Attwood in the hope of scoring the Spoon-billed Sandpiper again. Despite much searching, we drew a blank, but for all that, it was not an entirely fruitless visit.
The downside was that the weather and light were pretty awful. In fact, we’d had a heavy storm overnight, and numbers were well down on the previous day. I expect many had pushed on ahead of the bad weather. The upside was that the tide was very high so we got some excellent views.
Before I get on to those, a few shots of other stuff – this Pacific Golden Plover came very close.
Many of the Great Knots were well-spotted below, but still pretty dull in the scapular department.
Before they finally took flight as the tide rose further.
Anyway, just a couple of reminders below why Teluk Air Tawar is a very Important Bird Area (IBA).