Mai Po 米埔 Spring 2012 春


The Slaty-backed Gull was also present today. We counted 125 Red-necked Stints in one flock on the rising tide. Photos of the Oriental Plover are attached.


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Today 4 April at the boardwalk. As high tide was 1.9, we stayed throughout the rising and falling tides in the outer hide:

Caspian Tern 44
Gull-billed Tern 48
Pacific Golden Plover 172
Greater Sand Plover 540
Lesser Sand Plover 50
Terek Sandpiper 120
Ruddy Turnstone 3
Curlew Sandpiper about 4000
Red-necked Stint 440
Little Stint 1
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 2
Long-toed Stint 1
Spoon-billed Sandpiper 1 (1 hour after predicted high tide, possibly the same as in March)


The predicted tides can be found at:

(and at the gate to the boardwalk) and the real tide at:

It will take you 30-60 minutes to walk from the Field Center to the hides depending on how fast you walk, but also whether you go to the outer hide, which is almost 10 min further out (to the right). You need to be in the hides well in advance, but how much depends on how high the tide rises. A high of 2.2 will cover the whole mudflats. At about 1.5 you can start to see (identify) birds with a scope at the outer hide. 1.5 is usually 2-4 hours before high. At about 1.8 you can also see birds from the other hides. The higher the high will be, the faster the water will come in. When the tide covers the mudflats the birds move off to the ponds. During high tide you can find some of them at the Mai Po ponds, especially 16/17 (the scrapes) and 20/22 as well as 11. Others move elsewhere. The faster the tide comes in, the earlier the birds will fly off from the mudflats. After the high, you can watch the falling tide. Which is better, rising or falling, is difficult to know in advance, every tide is different. Actually it is rather complicated, but this will get you started.

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Boardwalk today 5 March some records:

Swinhoe's Egret 1
Whiskered Tern 1
Far Eastern Curlew 4
Black-winged Godwit 534
Spoon-billed Sandpiper 1
Little Stint 1
Curlew Sandpiper 6000
Great Knot 60
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 1
Nordmann's Greenshank 18 counted by others
Grey-tailed Tattler 1
as well as a Peregrine and a Marsh Harrier keeping the waders busy.


Swinhoe's Egret on the falling tide today.


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