Much of Sunday (26th Feb) was spent at the Mai Po boardwalk hides after the tide came up at midday. Despite grey, cold weather a good variety of the usual winter waterbirds were in view.
Baer's Pochard (Athya baeri) - Sadly, NO LONGER a "usual winter bird" at Mai Po
Red-billed Starlings (Sturnus sericeus)
Red Turtle Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Saunders's Gull (Saundersilarus saundersi)
Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris)
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus)
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
We had been told that the Baer's Pochard - a female, first noted in mid-February - could be seen on Pond 20, and so it proved.
A recent posting by Taej Mundkur on the "Oriental Birding" email group mentioned that Baer's Pochard s being "uprated" by Birdlife International from "Endangered" to "Critically Endangered".
Sobering news on a grey day.
Baer's Pochard (Athya baeri)
Baer's Pochard (Athya baeri) - female at rear, with Tufted Duck (Athya fuligula)