24 September 2014

Spoon-billed Sandpiper - again

Yesterday morning, I went to Mai Po with visiting birder and former colleague John Burton.

Earlier, I  had received a message to the effect that Hong Kong's Autumn migrant Spoon-billed Sandpiper was gracing Ponds 16/17 in Mai Po Nature Reserve for the third day in a row. This seemed to augur well for a good morning's birding.

We stopped along the Access Road to the Nature Reserve to look at the waders on a drained fishpond….

and there IT was, quite close, pottering around with other small waders including Long-toed Stints and Little Ringed Plovers.

Although I hadn't heard, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper had flown off Pond 16/17 about twenty minutes earlier.

And there it was, only about 25 metres away.  I had the 500mm lens and 1.4 converter in the car.

Thanks to digital and lots of cropping, here are some shots to show you.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Spoon-billed Sandpiper


Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Spoon-billed Sandpiper
So there you have it, pure luck.

But, as Gary Player (the golfer) once said; - "The harder I practice, the luckier I get.."


5 comments:

  1. Thanks, Stu and Mun; - it's a great species and I hope that all the effort being made to save them is successful.

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  2. So glad to see a young juvenile taking on its very first migration. Still waiting for the first record for this autumn in Thailand.

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    1. When the young are alone like this, I wonder if they have any idea where they are going ? The other birds usually have some others of the same species to follow.

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