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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)

15th December 2009

It was a bit late when I arrived at Penampang paddy field for the Great Bittern yesterday. Denis and Karim with 2 other friends has been there since in the morning. Sky was a bit dark too and decided to check if any Sand Martin around as I have seen this species at Kota Belud and Tuaran district last time.

And yes ! There were a single Sand Martin perched on the electric cable mixing together with the Pacific and Barn Swallow hehehe. No Great Bittern for me but a lifer for the gang :)

Other key species seen here:
  • Common Kestrel
  • Great Bittern
  • Buff-banded Rail
  • Slaty-breasted Rail
  • Ruddy-breasted Crake
  • Watercock
  • Dunlin
  • Temminck's Stint
  • Black Drongo
  • Black-collared Starling

Record shots and digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope ED82, FSA-L1 adapter and D300s.

Penampang paddy field.

Rare winter visitor and only in small number seen in Sabah.

Good comparison between Sand Martin and Barn Swallow and the latter is a common winter visitor arriving in big numbers.

Barn Swallow.

Wood Sandpiper.

As a celebration for the new lifer, I was treated with free lunch hahaha :p and happy birding folks !