Thursday 28 July 2016

Langkawi Birdwatching: Migrants Spotted!

In my fat hope of getting a better shot of the Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator, two unexpected birds appeared. After a long wait for this Buttonquail and having no sign of it, I decided to move on. As if someone told me to walk a bit further towards the water area and thankfully I obeyed. I walked very silently and spotted something tip-toeing on the water. And I saw it! I can never imagine to see her here in this area!

Greater Painted-Snipe hiding
I see you!! We were having a spying game. This female Greater Painted-Snipe stood behind the grass for awhile and was hoping that I didn't see her. Greater Painted-Snipe is a resident bird and uncommon.
She saw me looking at her and she took off to the other side of the field. I followed her and then she disappeared into the bush. While waiting for her, another bird flew over a mudflat. A migrant! Hmm... is kinda early.
A Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 
Common sandpipers are usually one of the first migratory birds to arrive Langkawi. I only spotted this individual on the 22nd July 2016. It was skittish.

Three days later while on a birdwatching tour with Michael and Jill from Australia, another migrant showed up.
Grey Wagtail

The sighting of a Common Sandpiper and a Grey Wagtail marks the warming up session for the migratory birds season for Langkawi. Or should I say it is a sneak preview. Woohoo!!

psstt...btw, the Buttonquail was spotted again with Jill, however, this Buttonquail didn't give us a chance for a photo.

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