28 April 2017

"A week is a long time..."

"...in politics..." (Harold Wilson)

"... in April bird migration...."  (me)

I had a couple of mornings (24th and 25th April) at the Mai Po boardwalk hides, and here's a selection of what I saw.


At the peak of the tide


The Black-tailed Godwit got away..


Curlew Sandpipers - Calidris ferruginea

Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis

Grey-tailed Tattler - Tringa brevipes

mostly Curlew Sandpipers - Calidris ferruginea


Curlew Sandpiper - Calidris ferruginea

Terek Sandpiper - Xenus cinereus

Asian Dowitchers - Limnodromus semipalmatus

Asian Dowitcher and Blackwits

Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus

Bar-tailed Godwits - Limosa lapponica (menzbieri)

Long-toed Stint - Calidris subminuta
In one or two photos the sun almost came out, but the others I have designated as "atmospheric", as I'm sure all the true artistes reading this blog will appreciate.

9 comments:

  1. Superb John, all of them. The first pic alone would make any birder jealous.

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    1. Thanks, Stu - lots of birds around right now.

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  2. Exceptional pictures by an exceptional photographer at an exceptional location. The Curlew Sandpipers are simply stunning. I have seen this species many times at various locations but never in breeding plumage. It looks like a different bird.

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    1. Hi David, yes the Curlew Sands have coloured up nicely !

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  3. I second Stuart and David's comments. What a great place to see shorebirds Mai Po must be.

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    1. Mai Po is a great birding site, for sure. AND it happens that there no traffic lights between where I live and MP car park ! Very convenient...

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  4. Award winning photos !

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  5. John - top pic - what's the bird in front of the centre GBT (facing us)? It looks like a Curlew Sand with an upturned bill!

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    1. Hi Dave - well spotted.... looking at the original file this bird has a deformity or kink in its' bill. Try as I might, I can't persuade myself it is something more exotic.

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