Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Pectoral Sandpiper

A second unexpected bonus from San Liao Wan for the spring came in the form of a Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos which turned up over the weekend whilst I was in the mountains, but fortunately stayed put for long enough to allow me to catch up with it Tuesday. With only a small lens, I could only manage distant images of this very scarce spring passage migrant, but these were at least superior to the familiar 'at least you can tell what it is' variety that I often come away with when I attempt to do anything with waders!

This small area has been quite remarkable this spring, with two big rarities turning up in flooded fields there in the last few days. These fields are typically dry at this time of year, so once again it is rain I have to thank for bringing me these exceptional birds. Above photos taken at San Liao Wan, Tainan County 10/5/16. 

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