Little Tern - breeding
Little Tern - in transition
On Sunday I took some friends to the beach at Ban Bang Kaew, between Laem Pak Bia and Cha am; they were wanting to photograph fishing boats so I took the opportunity to see what waders and pelagic birds were around. Not a lot. Strange not seeing any gulls or crested terns but there were plenty of Little Terns in transition from breeding into non-breeding plumage, a handful of Greater Sand-plovers and a couple of dainty Malaysian Plovers.
Lacklustre?! Just gentle and pleasant really. Birds never disappoint. For better or worse I am mightily busy. So I am struggling to devote much time to birdwatching right now. I also believe my trip to Mae Wong a few months ago marked a major shift in my outlook. I really want to get in close to the birds now and I want better shots of rarer birds: that really can only come from a much more planned and targeted approach to my birdwatching. In real terms this means at the moment I am not taking very many shots. I could but I am after better images and I understand that real opportunities at the moment are few and far between. Watch this space........I hope!
Elsewhere there are reports of great birds. Check out Dave Gandy's BangkokCityBirding for news of observations of significant migrating wader species in the Inner Gulf at the weekend; Peter Ericsson is enjoying a purple patch right now: he seems to have an amazing ability to be in the right place at the right time; you can read Peter's blog but probably best to check him out on facebook where he posts on a regular basis.