Saturday 1 February 2014

They think it's all over... it is now!

The final day of Wader Quest and the list of waders seen is quite mouthwatering.

We started the day with a Spoon-billed Sandpiper, just one again and sadly all too briefly before a minibus arrived and spilled it's passengers out scaring off the stint flock in which the spoonie was hiding.

We then visited a new site for us near to an abandoned building, here we saw Asian Dowitchers which we had missed on our last visit but saw in Australia. It was Mark Andrews, who is leading a WildWings group, that gave us the tip off.
Asian Dowitchers Limnodromus scolpaceus; Lam Phak Bia, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
A little later we visited the Lam Phak Bia sand spit with Mr Deang, here we saw a Malaysian Plover pair and a female White-faced Plover.
Male Malaysian Plover Charadrius peronii; Lam Phak Bia sand spit, Petchaburi, Thailand.
Female Malaysian Plover Charadrius peronii; Lam Phak Bia, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Female White-faced Plover Charadrius dealbatus; Lam PPhak Bia sand spit, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
After lunch we went and searched once more for Nordmann's Greenshank, this time we were successful and saw two birds.
Nordmann's Greenshank Tringa guttifer; Lam Phak Bia, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
The day finished with another brief view of a single Spoonie, this time the bird flew off alone without warning and once again we managed no photos of the bird.

In addition we saw a massive flock of Great Knot in the same Lam Phak Bia area as the Nordmann's Greenshanks.
Great flock of Great Knots Calidris tenuirostris; Lam Phak Bia, Phetchaburi, Thailand
The list of also rans is as follows; Red-wattled Lapwing,
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus; Pak Thale, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Grey, Pacific Golden, Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers,
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva; Lam Phak Bia, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius; Pak Thale, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Greater and Lesser Sandplovers, Black-winged Stilt, Black-tailed Godwit,
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa;Lam Phak Bia, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Eurasian Curlew, Marsh, Wood, Common, Broad-billed and Curlew Sandpipers,
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola; Lam Phak Bia, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus; Pak Thale, Phetchaburi, Thailand.

Common Greenshank, Spotted and Common Redshanks,
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia; Lam Phak Bia, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus; Pak Thale, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Common Redshank Tringa totanus; Lam Phak Bia, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Red-necked, Temminck's and Long-toed Stints,
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii; Lam Phak Bia, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Long-toed Stints Calidris subminuta; Pak Thale, Phetchaburi, Thailand.
Sanderling and Common Snipe. We somehow managed to not see a Terek Sandpiper which was a shame.


  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! And thank you Wader Quest.Your phenomenal dedication to wader conservation is extremely inspiring you know. Will there be a book of this amazing odyssey? I hope you get a chance to relax first of course :)

    1. Hi Nigel. Sorry for the delay in answering your comment. Thank you for your kind words, we intend to carry on in the form of a charity dedicated to wader conservation. As for the book? That is in the pipeline, all we have to do is find a publisher! Not sure when we'll get to relax, but then who wants to relax when you could be out raising money and awareness for wader conservation? LOL. I hope we'll get to see you when we come to Slimbridge for the 'official' hand over. Thanks for your support and interest and say "hello" to the spoonies for us. :-) Rick and Elis