So we headed back to the marsh again this morning, stopping at a pool where a Yellow Bittern was scoped and a nice Watercock was seen feeding in a patch of grass at the water’s edge.
At the marsh we enjoyed cracking views of Ruddy-breasted Crake and Slaty-breasted Rail walking along the muddy edge of a pool, which also held several Grey-headed Swamphens, Pintail Snipe, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Kingfisher and Oriental Reed Warbler. Out on the mudflats Curlew Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint and Black-tailed Godwit were new trip ticks, whilst Lesser Sandplover, several Long-toed Stints, Black-winged Stilt and Common Greenshank were all nice to see again.
|Nice close Brown-backed Needletails today...|
From here were had one final bash at Chiriyatapu and as luck would have it an Andaman Cuckooshrike was finally spotted and everyone managed decent scope views before it disappeared. Phew, what a relief! So with just the woodpigeon left we had an hour to find it, but alas it was not meant to be and we had to tear ourselves away and return to the hotel for lunch and to pack in readiness for our flight to Chennai and onward connection to Cochin in the Indian state of Kerala. After a short delay we eventually reached the Soma Birds Lagoon Lodge just after 10pm.