Another day, another another tide. As I arrived on site today there was a lot of activity with lots of Estuary folk replacing old for new bamboo from out in the very far distance of the estuary. As I walked out there were large flocks of waders flying nearby including a few Far Eastern Curlew (photo below)After this we arrived back to the hotel and there was an American Couple who had just arrived for the weekend and who had a day's birding / guiding pre booked in with Dong for the next day. Also there was at least 12 Chinese birders who had also freshly arrived to spend the weekend birding the arae of Yangkou.
The tide came in fast today and throughout my time on site I had to scan, then retreat back towards the seawall, stop and then start scanning again and then retreat, stop, scan and this was how the whole cycle of the tide went today. This method of scanning was quite good but it didn't leave long whilst scanning before having to retreat. There was a few Far Eastern Curlew present (photo above & below). If you look you can see that in the photo below the Barwit behind and to the right is wearing a yellow flag ring.
As the tide continued to push up and make it's way closer in towards the seawall the waders began to come in close at times and the Red Necked Stints were starting to look pretty smart now.
I mananged to the get the few photos of Red Necked Stint's above but it was difficult today due to the speed of the rising tide. Dong was guiding today and had a Danish client who was desperate to see a Spoon Billed Sandpiper and he was not let down as I called him over when I located the bird in the photo below. This was 1 of 6 Spoon Billed Sandpiper present today.
Other interesting sightings today included: Dunlin>2000, Red Knot 2, Far Eastern Curlew 8, Grey Plover>120, After the tide cycle I returned back to the hotel and Dong continued to Guide the Danish birder and they went to the fish ponds. Later in the afternoon I re-joined Dong for a stroll along the forest track and there was an obvious sign of migration with over 60 Olive Backed Pipit's, with smaller numbers of Pallas & Yellow Browed Warblers, Back Faced & Little Bunting's, Whites Thrush, Red Flanked Bluetails and a single Hoopoe.