The most common passerine on Olango has got to be the Golden-bellied Gerygone and their thin whistled song seems to come from every mangrove tree. Gerygones are primarily found in Wallacea with the Golden-bellied being the only species found west of Wallace's Line.
Finally the tide started to recede and I located a large group of shorebirds a couple of hundred yards to the north of the viewing area so I slogged across the inundated coral flats to get a better look. Along the way a couple of Pacific Swallows refused to give me an open shot.
I finally made it over to the shorebirds where I eventually was able to identify fourteen species. Here is the Common Greenshank.
Usually I'm doing well to find a couple of Great Knots. This time I counted 37 of them. The breast and flank spots and longer bill make them easy to separate from Red Knot which is also possible here.
I estimated 200 Gray-tailed Tattlers. They are less dependent on rocky shorelines than our Wandering Tattler. Notice the Terek Sandpiper.
I usually see a few of the endangered Asian Dowitcher but thirty was unprecedented. Notice the blacklegs.
The Bar-tailed Godwits on Olango Island are of the east Asian bauri subspecies. They lack the white underwings of the European lapponica which we had stay a spell recently in Corpus Christi.
The east Asian Whimbrel has a white stripe up the back which is quite different from our American ones.
I like these flight shots containing several species.
When it was time to return the tide was out so our boat could not make it to the pier. So they sent out a flat bottom boat to pick out the hundred or so passengers. But it ran aground also, so we had to wade in.
Here's the list for the day.
Little Egret 8 Striated Heron 5 Black-bellied Plover 4 Greater Sand-Plover 6 Terek Sandpiper 15 Common Sandpiper 1 Gray-tailed Tattler 200 Common Greenshank 12 Common Redshank 50 Whimbrel 150 Eurasian Curlew 2 Bar-tailed Godwit 10 Ruddy Turnstone 20 Great Knot 37 Red-necked Stint 100 Asian Dowitcher 30 Gull-billed Tern 5 Whiskered Tern 3 Spotted Dove 6 Zebra Dove 2 Common Kingfisher 2 Collared Kingfisher 6 Golden-bellied Gerygone 15 Brown Shrike 2 Philippine Pied-Fantail 1 Pacific Swallow 2 Yellow-vented Bulbul 1 Oriental Reed-Warbler 1 Asian Glossy Starling 10 Olive-backed Sunbird 8