The tide was good today, and I knew it was probably going to be my last chance to look at waders this northward migration season, so I headed for Teluk Air Tawar. Despite the excellent conditions, it was a big disappointment. The birds no longer roost near my vantage point, and almost no birds came within range even when the tide came up.
This Common Sandpiper landed close in the early morning, and I knew it wouldn’t stay. I only managed a single frame before it realised my presence and flew off, but I was more than happy with it. This is uncropped.
At high tide, I decided to bypass the openbills and head to Air Itam Dalam, where an impressive array of flycatchers have been reported over the last 2 days, including Japanese Paradise and Green-backed. I was there for an hour and a half last night looking for the Japanese, but only succeeded in seeing a pair of incei Asian Paradise-flycatchers.
Today, even approaching midday, there was plenty of action.
And the day ended with eye-popping views of a male Rubycheek at point blank range!
I’ve not been to this locality for a long while, but after today’s showing I certainly expect to be back more often.