We also went out to the sandbar at Laem Phak Bia and saw Malaysian and White-faced Plovers, as well as this Chinese Egret - a rubbish photo..!
The regular flock of Asian Dowitchers had been tricky to locate, but we eventually did find them in a distend pond. After walking closer we managed decent views of them, but then noticed one of the dowitchers had noticeably barred flanks... This was the previously reported Long-billed Dowitcher, another Thai rarity but couldn't get close enough for a decent photo....
|Spot the Long-billed Dowitcher...|
We also found a Milky Stork with what looked like a hybrid Painted x Milky Stork in the same large gathering of egrets beside the road.... Classified as Endangered by BirdLife International, this is an increasingly hard bird to find these days. Oh and we also saw a Black-faced Spoonbill a short while later as well. What a day!
|This is the hybrid with dark feathers...|
|A clear view of the Milky Stork|
|Just a small part of the huge egret flock...|
Loved the fine close views of a colony of Asian Golden Weavers...
|There was a nice close colony of Asian Golden Weavers beside the road.|
We also came across a breeding plumaged Javan Pond Heron.....
|Javan Pond Heron|
And we ended a great trip with a spot of raptor watching with Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Black-shouldered Kite, Black-eared Kite and a juv Pied Harrier....
|Greater Spotted Eagle|