I navigated my way back to the place where I’d seen the waders yesterday by GPS in the pre-dawn darkness (I’d never have found the spot otherwise!). Then I walked out along the narrow bund between two flooded fields and set up my hide. The bund was so narrow that my feet and tripod were in a foot of water and mud in the field – I was hoping there were no horse leeches!
Initially birds kept well to the back of the field, but gradually they came closer, drawn by an invisible magnet to the spot right in front of me!
This adult female came still closer.
This video shows her ‘foot paddling’ – using one foot to disturb prey from the mud.
My main targets for the morning were the juvenile Curlew Sandpipers and Long-toed Stints I’d seen yesterday. Eventually, one of the juv Curlew Sandpipers obliged. They are absolutely stunning birds in fresh plumage.
This gorgeous adult Little Stint was a complete surprise, especially as it chose to spend most of the time feeding right in front of me! My second of the autumn just 2 days after the Malim Nawar bird, but this one was in much brighter plumage!
There’s a short video here:
Eventually I spotted one in the middle distance, and it worked its way gradually up the field, closer and closer! A pair of mating Pantala flavescens got into the frame!
At 9.30am a farmer came to ask me to move my car , and since my camera battery had died I was quite happy to call it a day and head for home. Not a bad morning’s outing!