After the very promising build-up, the weekend (with its much anticipated overcast skies and small amount of overnight rain) turned out to be a bit of a damp squib, really. My coastal woodlots were once more empty throughout, and were quite literally so on Saturday, leaving me with just the sandbar to go at (where just one or two rather restless Sanderlings Calidris alba to play with).
Sunday was little better, with flybys from a Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes and a close Short-tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris breaking the deadlock and making the effort worthwhile.
Bird of the day, somewhat surprisingly, was a Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus, which came ridiculously close whilst hunting crabs and caught one less than ten metres in front of me. It was quite wonderful to sit watching this thing clowning about dealing with its meal! It looks like it's the body of the crab that it's after, and the legs need first removing before this gets swallowed.
Not quite what I had had in mind from the weekend, but enjoyable nevertheless. It has been several years since I spent the whole spring in Qi Gu and just watched all the common migrants come through. After the excesses of last year, an average one this time round will do just fine! Above photos taken in Qi Gu, Tainan County 22-23/4/17.