Sunday, August 14, 2011

Week ending 14th August - IRRI

A drier week, so I got down to the fields on Wednesday. A few early flocks of Wood Sandpipers, and one small Stint on the main experimental farm. It was quite distant, but the pictures clearly show a Rufous-necked Stint. I decided to try again on Thursday, and found the bird on the same paddy. This time, however, it was a Long-toed Stint! Quite a coincidence seeing as there are at least 100 paddies to choose from, and also considering that neither species has occurred at IRRI in over 18 months!

The rest of the week was sunny, and I managed a few nice shots.

Long-toed Stint. Pale legs and a clearly, albeit only slightly, downcurved bill. Breast fairly heavily streaked, and a clear pale supercilium.

Rufous-necked Stint. Very small, dark legs, straight bill, faded rufous breast band, rudimentary supercilium.

Fan-tailed Cisticola

Wood Sandpiper

Yellow Bittern

Cinnamon Bittern

Juvenile Little Ringed Plover

Pacific Swallow

Spotted Dove

Collared Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher

Oriental Skylark

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