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Spoon-billed Sandpiper
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Joys of Birding
Pak Thale, Petchaburi, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered
By / Editor
Copyright © 2018 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Spoon-billed Sandpiper: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Spoon-billed Sandpiper or Calidris pygmaea, a small wader breeding in north-eastern Russia and wintering in Southeast Asia.

The Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper has been a cause of exhaustion, dehydration, disappointments, gallons and gallons of fuel consumption, hotel expenses, photography equipment expenses, hours and hours, days and days, months and months, years and years; all these, for a small bird, my wife and I had been wanting it for some years until we decided to be serious with it. For the past three years, we had it, but this year is the best of all; it showed at exactly the same spot and everyone is getting the best of it.

Thailand’s conservation on the Spoon-billed Sandpiper is a success, the bird is happy and safe to come. It is the star.

Our search for the Spoonbill Sandpiper last November 12, 2016 has ended, but our support in conservation will never end. I have dedicated 100% profit of my bird paintings to be given to the Spoonbill Sandpipers Conservation effort in which the amount can at least help the program of BCST.

To be there yesterday was critical for ourselves, me and Arpha were sick, with fever, we continued with our journey in prospect of finding this lovely bird before they will totally be gone, perpetrated by humans. I was giving up the search, I drove from Bangkok at 3:00 a.m. just to have more daylight in finding them. Because of the blistering sun, we decided to go to Kaengkratchan National Park, while we were on our way, after a roadside nap, Arpha’s phone rang, she was told by Ajarn Phil, an expert on Spoonbill Sandpipers that he found them. What a blessing, we made a u-turn and dashed the 40 minute drive back with a truck, it was a race to not miss them.

There were three of them, it took us some time to find them as they are not easy to find since their heads are always in the water. Looking into a scope helped us and then a pair of binoculars were really helpful. We could have taken better shots yesterday but the birds were agitated, as they are always, by additional people on the bank. We are coming back for more.

The conservation effort of the BCST is working at its best now, signs, maps are prepared for any prospecting photographers. We implore and insist on discipline as we come to the area. Please do not leave your rubbish. Share your spot, share the bank where you are, sharing is the key. It is not about the photographs, but it is how we participate into a global conservation effort in saving bird habitats and the planet.

Petchaburi, Thailand
October 14, 2018
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Fotopro EGL-94 | Fotopro LH-10A
Carry Speed FS-Pro
Nitecore UNK1 | Toshiba FlashAir 64GB

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Smith’s Litter Frog
Wreathed Hornbill
Mountain Hawk-eagle
Brown Boobook
White-rumped Pygmy Falcon
Forest Wagtail
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Crested Kingfisher
Streaked Weaver
Vernal Hanging Parrot
Blue-eared Kingfisher
Dusky Broadbill
Blue-banded Kingfisher
Stork-billed Kingfisher
Austen’s Brown Hornbill
Javan Frogmouth
Philippine Duck (female)
Philippine Falconet
Cryptic Flycatcher
Short-billed Brown-dove
Pacific Reef Heron
White Tern
Great Crested Tern
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Azure-breasted Pitta
Grey-hooded Sunbird
Bundok Flycatcher (female)
Apo Mayna
Philippine Sailfin Lizard
Mangrove Blue Flycatcher
Philippine Eagle
Whiskered Pitta
Slaty-backed Forktail
Little Spiderhunter
Ruddy-breasted Crake
Slaty-breasted Rail
Baillon’s Crake
Blue-winged Leafbird
Pied Bush Chat
Blue Whistling Thrush
Grey Peacock-pheasant (female)
Grey Wagtail
Black-winged Cuckooshrike
Violet Cuckoo (Juvenile)
Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo
Orange-headed Thrush
Mrs Gould’s Sunbird (male)
Orange-bellied Leafbird (female)
Large Niltava (male)
Chestnut Thrush
Large Niltava (male)
Black Bulbul
Whiskered Yuhina
Silver Pheasant (male)
Red-flanked Bluetail (male)
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
White-headed Bulbul
White Wagtail
Indian Spot-billed Ducks
Grey Nightjar
Ferruginous Flycatcher
Black-Capped Kingfisher
Ferruginous Wood Partridge (male)
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (female)
Greater Green Leafbird
Yellow-eared Spiderhunter
Eurasian Curlew
Java Sparrow
Purple-throated Sunbird
Common Hoopoe
Black-headed Woodpecker
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Blue Pitta (male)
Spot-billed Pelican
Thick-billed Green-pigeon
Green-billed Malkoha
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
Black-and-Red Broadbill
Red-legged Crake
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
Orange-breasted Trogon (male)
Blue-Winged Pitta
Black-backed Kingfisher
Greater Flameback (male)
Black-thighed Falconet
Ochraceous Bulbul
Indian Nightjar
Asian Golden Weaver (male)
Firethroat
Black-breasted Thrush
Verditer Flycatcher
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Red-faced Liocichla
Little Pied Flycatcher
Dark-backed Sibia
Crested Finchbill (male)
Large Niltava (female)
Crested Finchbill (female)
Silver-eared Laughingthrush
Flavescent Bulbul
Red-flanked Bluetail (female)
White-gorgeted Flycatcher
Mrs Hume’s Pheasant (male)
Hill Prinia
Spectacled Barwings
Slaty-backed Flycatcher
Pacific Reef Heron
Little Tern
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover (male)
Oriental Plover
Garganey
Indian Cormorant
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Zitting Cisticola
Firethroat
Alexandrine Parakeet (male)
Alexandrine Parakeet (female)
Oriental Scops Owl
Spot-breasted Parrotbill
Long-tailed Minivet (male)
Grey-backed Shrike
Davidson’s Leaf Warbler
Red-Headed Trogon (female)
Moustached Barbet
Claudia’s Leaf Warbler
Banded Kingfisher (female)
Asian Fairy-bluebird (female)
Grey Bushchat (female)
Grey Bushchat (male)
Dusky Warbler
Buff-throated Warbler
Great Tit
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant (female)
Rufous-fronted Babbler
Blyth’s Shrike-babbler (female)
Mountain Bamboo Partridge
Ultramarine Flycatcher
Stripe-breasted Woodpecker
Orange-bellied Leafbird
Pied Kingfisher
Brown-throated Treecreeper
Lesser Adjutant
Hainan Blue Flycatcher
Rufous Limestone-babbler
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (male)
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (female)
Pin-striped Tit-babbler
Siberian Rubythroat
Oriental Magpie-robin (male)
Oriental Magpie-robin (female)
Spotted Dove
Siberian Blue Robin
Taiga Flycatcher (male)
Siberian Blue Robin (female)
Bluethroat
Black-tailed Godwit
Pacific Golden Plover
Spotted Redshank
Slender-billed Gull
Grey-eyed Bulbul
Greater Painted-snipe (male)
Rosy Pipit
Oriental Darter
Purple Heron
Pied Bush Chat
Amur Falcon (female)
Common Hill Myna
Sarus Crane
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Crimson Sunbird
Tickell’s Brown Hornbill
Caspian Tern
Asian Emerald Cuckoo
Great Hornbill
Red-breasted Parakeet
Plaintive Cuckoo (male)
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher
Siamese Fireback Pheasant (female)
Black-headed Gull
Heuglin’s Gull
White-browed Scimitar Babbler
Spangled Drongo
Crimson Winged Woodpecker
Common Iora
Spotted Owlet
Sparrow Hawk
Grey-headed Lapwing
Siamese Fireback
Rufous Treepie
Chinese Pond Heron
Grey Heron
Collared Kingfisher
Long-toed Stint
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Pelagic Birding: Pangitlogan Island, Siargao, Philippines

I am posting this to honour Dr. MiguelDavid De Leon for his conservation effort of the terns in Siargao, particularly, Pangitlogan Island, Tuyo Ka Bato, Siargao, in Mindanao. His effort brought people to work together in order to help his pioneering conservation program in saving the eggs of the terns from being taken by the locals for food. With his presentation, people understood that they don’t have to take the eggs and allow the terns to lay and hatch their kind to be take home on their return flight. The Bridled Terns, Roseate Terns, Black-naped terns come every year to lay their eggs and fulfil their migration objectives.

Miguel brought all government agencies at one table and collected their voluntary commitments in preserving and conserving the given areas that required immediate attention. Thank you Dr. Miguel David De Leon for giving us the opportunity to work with you. I have yet to find a man who accepted me and Harry Miller unconditionally and that will do whatever it takes to achieve conservation absent recognition and reward. God Bless you and will keep you safe always.

Meanwhile, I am at Mactan International Airport waiting for my flight to Bangkok,…

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