Breeding in the Arctic tundra from northernmost Asia into western Alaska, they nest on the dry ground in an open area. Wintering in South Asia, Australia, and even in California, the Pacific Golden Plover is a welcome migrant in Thailand. Sometimes, the Pacific Golden Plovers come in huge flocks and they are easy to find and identify especially in Pak Thale, Petchaburi; but in Bangpu, the flock can be few as fifteen to twelve individual and it is difficult to find them when they mix up with Godwits and Sandpipers.
In Bangpu, you have to use the binoculars or a field scope to look for target birds, they can be within flocks of other bird species. Sometimes they hide in between hardened mud or low growing plants. This one I have was not close to me and it was alone among Godwits and Sandpipers and we were happy to have seen it stand on dry mound of mud.
Bangpu Recreation Center, Samut Prakan, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
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