are some photographs from my archives. In August 2003 I was invited,
by Phil Round, to join him on a bird ringing trip to the Environmental
Research and Development Project initiated by H.M King Bhumibol
at the internationally important wetlands at Laem
Pak Bia/Pak Thale.
was very happy to accept this invitation and helped Phil to put
up the nets after dark, in preparation for the morning. We set up
nets to catch a variety of types of birds, but we both hoped to
net a number of the more common wading species as they returned
from their breeding grounds. Although the area is known for its
wintering Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann's Greenshank, we did
not expect to find these species this early in the year - and we
were proved right on this account
small number of common shorebirds were captured and ringed, most
of which were Lesser Sand Plovers, Long-toed Stints and Wood Sandpipers.
Phil took and recorded a variety of measurements which were particularly
useful in determining the identity of at least one of the Lesser
Sand Plovers which had a bill length that perhaps in the field would
have suggested it was a Greater Sand Plover.
occasion was a great opportunity to see these birds close up and
to appreciate the beauty of their plumage. In addition to the great
experience of having these birds in the hand, a very memorable sight
was the huge number of Fruit Bats that flew from the nearby mangroves
towards their feeding grounds inland at dusk.
are some galleries of some of the birds in the hand. Click on them
to see larger versions.