26 August 2012

And the heat continues........

A Whimbrel on the beach at Oshamanbe this afternoon.

Very hot and humid still, I'm getting all kinds of nasty little rashes and itches.

At least the wader season is well underway now. At Yakumo there were 4 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 3 Terek Sandpiper, 1 Long Toed Stint, several Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Tailed Tattler and 7 Black Tailed Godwit. A small flock of 10 or so small waders I saw very briefly were probably more Long Toed Stints. Other stuff included lots of all 3 common hirundines, 2 Great Egret, 1 Northern Hobby, 4 Osprey, various small birds passing through and a lone Kingfisher.

Up at Oshamanbe there weren't so many waders. I Red Necked Stint, 1 Eastern Curlew and this very tame Whimbrel.

On Friday I did the beach at Kamiiso but the only waders were a flock of 10 Terek Sandpiper and about a dozen or so Red Necked Stints..........nothing posed for the camera and then it started raining (a temporary respite from the heat at least).

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  1. You got very nice pictures of species I've never seen. We got a heat wave here too... 20°C for more than 3 weeks every day! Just incredible, but now we went back to the winter temps with 6°c in the morning.... starting to be dark too ;-)

  2. Thanks for the comment Chris. Wow...........6 degrees sounds like heaven right now.

  3. Not very often to find a Whimbrel as tame as that. Quite a good number of waders has already arrived in Thailand too. Only if they were as tame as the ones in Japan....

  4. It is a long, hot and humid summer in the East. Same here in Korea. And add a typhoon or two and it is not a summer I wish to see repeated.


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