Yann Muzika, Robert Vaughan and me in our pretty mud-walking trousers:
At high tide the birds were roosting on an artificial pond, and could be scanned from a close distance. The only problem was, that they were all sleeping, and when you don't see the characteristic spoony bill, it's impossible to pick the target from the thousands of Red-necked Stints. Give it a try! There's a Spoon-billed Sandpiper sleeping on this photo:
Our sightings of Spoon-billed Sandpiers were not so long, so I don't have field sketches of them, only ones done from memory and my photos and video footage. Here's one:
Keep an eye on my blog in the coming days, I'll put updates from the trip (some nice SBSP photos also).