Because this was my first trip to Asia, almost all the birds seen were lifers and new photos. So I thought I would start with the sandpipers and other water birds. For those bird listers, some of these names will be familiar.
The best sandpiper was the 10" Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago), This is the Eurasian counterpart to our Wilson's Snipe and were considered a single species until split in the last 20 years. If you have looked for the Wilson's Snipe, you know they flush and fly rapidly away and are hard to see clearly. Well we were on a boardwalk in a marsh. This bird flew in and landed on the boardwalk about 20 feet away, allowing a few photos before taking off again.
The 9" Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) is plain in winter plumage with dark wings.
The 9" Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) has a white eye stripe and dark spotted wings.
The 6" Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) is a typical small plover with 1 ring on his chest.
|Little Ringed Plover|
The Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is of course an easy ID with the long pink legs.
The 35" Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) is said to be a secretive bird feeding in reed beds and usually only seen when flying between feeding spots as this bird.
|Chinese Pond Heron - non-breeding|
|Great Cormorant - adult non-breeding|
|Great Cormorant - juvenile|
There are over 100 species of kingfishers but only 6 are in the Americas. Many of the Old World kingfishers are beautiful. The 6" Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is blue above and orange below with red feet.
photos copyright 2006 - 2017 David McDonald
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