18 September, 2011

Early Waders in Sabak

11th September 2011, Kg Tok Lukot, Sabak, Kelantan

 

I wasn’t able to go back to my hometown during  the Hari Raya break. Made a trip back to see my parents and in-laws in Kota Bharu  last weekend. A  few hours late Sunday afternoon was spent in Sabak to photograph early migrants in the area. Shooting in Sabak  always leaves me wishing how I had more reach with my gear, 300mm is a severe handicap  when it comes to waterbirds.

Overall it was good day  with some of the  birds coming in quite close to my position  in the middle of the swamp area.

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A few  Greater Sand Plovers were scattered over the area. (correction: juvenile Lesser Sand PLovers)

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A few Terek Sandpipers

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One of a few  Common Sandpipers in the area.

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A colony of  6 Oriental Pranticoles

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A few Common Redshanks

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Black-winged Stilts

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My lifer- a White Wagtail.

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Unsure- looks like a Whimbrel (ID: Greater Painted Snipe)

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Plenty of House Swallows (correction: Barn Swallows, I should have got this one correctly identified the first time!)

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A White-browed Crake picking up courage to leave the  safety of the reeds

 

 

6 comments:

  1. The white wagtail is a beauty, Madi.

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  2. A beautiful series Madi, and it looks like you've found a great place for waterbirds. Any chance of a grid ref? A few corrections - the sand plovers are all juvenile Lessers; the Whimbrel-like bird is a male Greater Painted-snipe, and the swallows are Barn Swallows. YOu also captured a Marsh Sandpiper in the lower stilt shot. The Whote Wagtail is a real rarity. Furthermore, the earliest recorded record was 8 Sept, so you might have eclipsed that??

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  3. Great documentation and you even got a White Wagtail. Congrats.

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  4. I have problems with the IDs of waterbirds, they look so similar. Thanks Dave for the corrections and thank all for your kind comments. The GPS location data is 6°10'31.58"N 102°19'7.06"E

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  5. Congrats on the white wagtail it is a rarity

    mikebirder

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