This week the spring tides in Deep Bay have been high and many of the waders have been leaving the tideline long before the water gets to the Mai Po boardwalk hides. AND the weather has been hot and humid.
So, I'm already nostalgic for last week, when these photos were taken.
An assortment of shorebirds from the Deep Bay mudflats ….
Broad-billed Sandpiper - Limicola falcinellus
Curlew Sandpiper - Calidris ferruginea
Terek Sandpiper - Xenus cinereus
Long-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus scolopaceus
Bar-tailed Godwit and Greater Sand Plover - Limosa lapponica and Charadrius leschenaultii (and Curlew Sands, inevitably...)
Little Stint - Calidris minuta
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - Calidris acuminata
A number of leg-flagged birds serve as living flagships for the hordes of waders on their northerly migration… many waders "refueling" in Hong Kong have wintered in Australia
(Red-necked Stint and Curlew Sandpiper, both flagged in NW Australia - and duly reported elsewhere)
This Curlew Sandpiper was flagged in Thailand
And "Spring" isn't over yet !