A Rarity at Laem Pak Bia Sand Spit

Black-legged Kittiwake

Today I took a boat trip out to the sand spit at Laem Pak Bia, as Mr Daeng landed his boat on the sand spit a group of gulls and terns took flight and as I looked at them through my binoculars I instantly realized that I could see a first winter Kittiwake. I called to Mr Daeng to take a look before it disappeared but luckily it landed back on the beach allowing us to look at it for more than 15 minutes; Mr Daeng used my camera and telescope to obtain the photograph displayed here.

Black-legged KittiwakeBlack-legged Kittiwake at Laem Pak Bia, digiscoped by Mr Daeng


Eventually the bird flew out to sea not to be seen again either by us or the next group of birdwatchers who went out to the spit later in the day. It will probably show up again in the area so birders who are visiting should keep their eyes open for it.

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