1 of a group of 3 Great Knot at Oshamabe yesterday, the wader season is well underway.
It was extremely hot and humid and the waders were on several long beaches. The Great Knot were fairly approachable at least.
Here's one with a couple of Red Necked Stint in the background.
There was a large(ish) flock of 50 or so Red Necked Stint on another long deserted stretch of beach, they kept flying ahead as I floundered in the sand in their wake. A hot sweaty business it was too I might add, it must have been in the low to mid 30's yesterday afternoon.
In amongst the flock were a couple of Terek Sandpiper and a Grey Tailed Tattler.
We headed back to Yakumo and I saw this bird, a 100% crop of a distant Black Faced Spoonbill.
This was reported 3 weeks ago, I'd been 2 weeks ago but couldn't find it and had assumed it had upped and left. But no, here it was. This is a rare bird, only about 2000 or so individuals in the world apparently. We waited for an hour or so to see if it would do anything (such as fly closer) but it just stood on a dead tree in the middle of the river watching the world go by.
There were some Stints near Yakumo too, here's one in the very late afternoon, I'm still looking for that perfect running wader shot.
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