Monday, November 8, 2010

September water birds in Tawau.

These are some of the migratory and resident water birds photographed  in Tawau in the third week of September 2010.

A juvenile Little Tern Sterna albifrons
Non-breeding Little Tern
Breeding Little Tern

Little Tern is the smallest tern in Borneo and is the only tern that breeds here, comprising of both wintering and resident breeding populations. Recorded to breed in Sarawak and Kalimantan.

A lone Asian Dowitcher Limnnodromus semipalmatus (my new bird) among a group of Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa.
 A Little Egret Egretta garzetta which resembles a Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes.
 Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
 A group Red-necked Stints Calidris ruficollis
 The middle bird looks a bit bigger than the others but it is still a Red-necked Stint.
 Another odd-looking Red-necked Stint
 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
A mud-crap trying to chase away a  Common Redshank Tringa totanus.
 Little-ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
 Wandering Whistling Ducks Dendrocygna arcuata
  Crab in 'HULK' stance.
 Mud- crab
 You know where the inspiration for Transformer comes from.

Many thanks to Sifu Dave Bakewell for confirmation on IDs of the Stints and Egret.

Happy birding.


Denis Degullacion said...

Nice, especially the Asian Dowitcher, wish it fly here.

Wong Tsu Shi said...

Thanks, Denis. I think you should be able to spot the Asian Dowitcher there in the West Coast as Naz see it last year and this year at his place already.