A Pacific Swift up near Oshamanbe this afternoon. There were lots of swifts and hirundines flying south and I tried photographing swifts semi-seriously for the first time.
It was hard.
Some heavy cropping going on here.
In amongst the Pacific Swifts were smaller numbers of White Throated Needletails.
We were at Oshamanbe to check out the waders.
The bird on the left is a Red Knot, the one on the right is the very common Grey Tailed Tattler. Red Knot is a fairly scarce species in Japan and this is a new addition to my Japanese list.
There were other wader species around too; Mongolian Plover, Whimbrel, Sanderling, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and Ruddy Turnstone. Here's a photo of the latter.
And of course the inevitable Red Necked Stints, they were everywhere in small skittish flocks.
This individual appeared to be colour ringed.
Other species today included the first Glaucous Winged Gull of 'winter', Great Egret, Japanese Green Pigeon, Night Heron, Sand Martin, Eastern Marsh Harrier and this young Peregrine.
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Still hot, when will it end?
No footy on tonight. How boring................