Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Disaster at Pak Thale

I stopped to admire a fellow birder's shot of a Red-necked Phalarope this afternoon at Pak Thale. I put my rig down on the ground. Unbeknownst to me only two legs were fully opened. The rig fell over and my scope and camera hit  shallow water and mud. The scope is a bit dirty but will be ok but my Nikon P6000 is dead. After about 3 hours I was able to switch on the camera and reset the time and date and then a loud  pop. Camera dead. I am very sad. I went to a lot of trouble and expense to get that camera. I am not sure I'll be able to replace it as it is now obsolete. Couldn't come at a worse moment either: I am headed this weekend to the Chumphon Raptor Watch and next week I am going to Malaysia for a few days.

The birds were great as well; huge flocks of Curlews, Great Knot and Black-tailed Godwits. Lots of Grey Plovers and Lesser Sand-plovers and  great numbers of terns. Plenty of Red-necked Stints and I picked out one Broad-billed Sandpiper and a Red-necked Phalarope.



  1. Oh Gerry,

    So sorry to hear this about the camera. is it worth taking to Nikon's service centre in Bangkok?

    Never made it to Khao Dinsor this week - too many work commitments.

  2. Thanks Dave I have been too consumed by self-pity to consider logical solutions! I'll take it in on my return from Chumphon where we're headed in the next couple of hours. You're blog is as good as ever as is your back garden!