Rain overnight and more forecast.
Ideal conditions to bring exotic hirundines and terns to the fishponds around MaiPo access road, I thought.
Actually, over the fishponds there were a few Barn Swallows and no terns, so I bashed out to the boardwalk instead. The threat of a soaking put a spring in my step, and I got out to the furthest hide in just under thirty minutes from the car park.
A close Asian Dowitcher was a good omen, even though the light was poor.
Asian Dowitcher - Limnodromus semipalmatus
The water came a bit higher than the 1.8 metres predicted, and the smaller waders showed well on the mossy patch in front of the hide...
Terek Sandpiper - Xenus cinereus
Greater Sand Plover - Charadrius leschenaultii
Grey-tailed Tattler - Tringa brevipes
Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres
And some busy calidrids -
Curlew Sandpiper - Calidris ferruginea
Red-necked Stint - Calidris ruficollis
Little Stint - Calidris minuta
Sanderling - Calidris alba
The finale of the show was an "advance in review order" by about forty Black-faced Spoonbills
Black-faced Spoonbill - Platalea minor
There were a few flagged and ringed migrants about, too, so I shall now leave this posting and dutifully report them !