When I last visited this area in April, there were thousands of openbills feeding in the paddyfields.
They were still there today, although in much smaller groups. They seem to be ‘part of the furniture’ these days!
But occasionally I still had to remind myself that I’m in Malaysia, not Thailand!
Multi-storey openbill park!
A few other bits and pieces – a very young juivenile Cinnamon Bittern not long out of the nest.
Zitting Cisticolas seemed to be present in great numbers – almost flocks!
A rather dashing first non-breeding male Black-winged Stilt.
Still growing out new tertials.
A juvenile Wood Sandpiper – I’ve seen these surprisingly rarely in Malaysia – in fact, I think this is my first photo of a juv.
An adult non-breeding for comparison.
Many of the openbills are coming into smart white and black plumage – getting ready to breed perhaps?
A new traffic hazard in Malaysia – openbills crossing!
Toward midday we came across a field full of waders – lots of juvenile Curlew Sandpipers, Long-toed Stints and Lesser and Little Ringed Plovers. However, the light was awful for photos, so I made plans for an early morning foray tomorrow…!