Shorebird Bonanza

We are back in Thailand now in the Upper Coast gulf coast region which has proven to be full of shorebirds (we finally made it to the ocean after 2 months of traveling).The area is mostly used for Salt production and the evaporation pools are full of tiny shrimp and other creatures that attract a plethora of hungrey birds. A rare example of a major human disturbance benefiting rare and endangered species, although the mangrove forests that covered this area and the creatures that inhabited them have less reason to be enthusiastic. Highlights included a tiny shorebird with a spatulate bill that is highly endangered called the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Other goodies found here include: Nordmann’s Greenshank, Ruff, Great Knot, Terek Sandpipers. Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits, Eurasuian Curlew and many many others. Today we took a boat trip to a small Sandspit where we saw Malaysian and White-faced Plovers. In the reminant patches of Mangrove forest we found numerous Water Monitor lizards, Collared Kingfishers and perhaps Jen’s new favorite animal, the Giant Mudskipper ( A fish with frog-like eyes on top of its head that acts more like an amphibian).
Happy New Year, we have visited 11 countries in 2011. We started the year in the Amazon jungle and it has been the most awesome and adventure packed year of our lives. I hope 2012 can come close to matching it. .

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  1. Happy New Years Guys.
    Ground here is snow covered, but not by much. It’s been a mild winter so far, was in the 40s earlier this week. If the temps start dropping the lack of snow is going to cause freezing problems, not just for water lines, but plants too. And unfortunately the lack of snow is putting us deeper into a drought.
    Looking forward to hearing your next update.

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