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White Wagtail Leucopsis
On two different occasions I saw this species show up at the foreshore.
Species: Motacilla alba leucopsis (White-faced Wagtail)

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Osprey On Watch
Ocean, Rivers, Lakes, Old World, New World, these birds are pretty much everywhere.
Species: Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)

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Saunders Gull
Saunders Gull
Species: Chroicocephalus saundersi (Saunders's Gull, Chinese black-headed gull)

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White Throated Kingfisher Chased Off Perch
Saunders's gull is apparently a kleptoparasite, it likes to steal food from other species.
Species: Halcyon smyrnensis (White-throated Kingfisher), Chroicocephalus saundersi (Saunders's Gull, Chinese black-headed gull)

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Pied Avocet
Last year I saw hundreds of these birds skimming the mud - this year only a few dozen. They may have been further out or already migrated to a new location.
Species: Recurvirostra avosetta (Pied Avocet)

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There were only two of three of these running around close by, but they are quite funny to watch. They plunge that long beak deep into the mud hoping to pull up whatever they eat - they almost look like they are falling on their faces.
Species: Numenius phaeopus (Whimbrel)

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Oriental Magpie-Robin
These birds would come and go. They aren't setup well for feeding in the mud, but that didn't stop them for getting a meal.
Species: Copsychus saularis (Oriental Magpie-Robin)

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Yellow Wagtail
This guy showed up for about a minute and was never seen again from my hide. He looks more like a forest bird than a beach bird to me.
Species: Motacilla flava (Yellow Wagtail, Western Yellow Wagtail)

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Red-Base Jezebel
When your 100mm lens gets close enough to really see a butterfly, it is really close to the butterfly. Often the butterfly just flies away well before you get that close. This individual was really patient.
Species: Delias pasithoe (redbase Jezebel)

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Black Kite Landing
Usually these birds soar and soar and soar - I don't often see them land.
Species: Milvus migrans lineatus (black-eared kite)

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Common Sandpiper With Reflection
Common Sandpiper With Reflection
Species: Actitis hypoleucos (Common Sandpiper)

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Bad Day For A Mudskipper
I think there is a large amount of food stealing with Egrets. When I saw an Egret get food, it generally flew off.
Species: Egretta intermedia (Intermediate Egret, Plumed Egret)

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Lone Caspian Tern
There is one Caspian Tern in the middle of the scene. Some cormorants, some of the larger gulls and ducks. The Northern Shoveler is pretty common (green head, large bill) and Eurasian Wigeon.
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Little Egret
Those bright yellow feet sure stand out.
Species: Egretta garzetta (Little Egret)

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Common Redshank
Common Redshank
Species: Tringa totanus (Common Redshank)

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Marsh Sandpiper
There were plenty of Marsh Sandpipers but they were mostly in the deeper mud.
Species: Tringa stagnatilis (Marsh Sandpiper)

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Immature Greater Coucal
I've seen this species on most visits to Mai Po - usually startled in a tree flying away. It's large (larger than a crow) and really doesn't sit around for picture taking. This individual showed up in the closest mangrove, took one look around and promptly headed back into the mangroves. This is a poor photo, but I wanted a record that I at least saw it once.
Species: Centropus sinensis (Greater Coucal)

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False Tiger Moth
I have seen these moths on my last few visit - they are large, brightly coloured and active during the day. I had tried taking photos while they were in flight, but they are so active I always failed. This trip I tried harder to find them on plants and had some luck!
Species: Dysphania militaris (False Tiger Moth)

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Little Ringed Plover Breeding
Little Ringed Plover Breeding
Species: Charadrius dubius curonicus (Little Ringed Plover)

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Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Species: Charadrius dubius curonicus (Little Ringed Plover)

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