Head to it's beach front facing the South China Sea from Kota Tingi town, one could feel the quite, peaceful kampung lifestyle unlike the hectic and hassle/bustle in the big city like Kuala Lumpur. There are a numbers of nice holiday resorts and chalets erected along it's coastal lines. During our time of visit, I noticed that these holiday resorts/chalets are empty, maybe it was not school holidays as well as during Ramadan whereby it is a fasting month for the Muslim. Normally during fasting month it is the lowest seasons for all of the holiday resorts in Malaysia.
coastal line on 13th of September – (the 2nd day). By the way low tide happen twice in a day. Each day it varies to the times it happen and how low it would be. Tides at certain times of the month are unusually lower or higher than at others. The reason for this has to do with the position of both the sun and the moon relative to the Earth. At low tides waders on their migration passage would takes the opportunities to feeds and rest at it's shore lines. To enjoy waders watching it is still the best to refer to the latest tidal tables before you head to the beach front. For malaysia do click on http://www.kjc.gov.my/htdocs2/data/IDM26004.html
Anyhow waders/shore birds due to many of them are migrants or passage migrants to Malaysia coastal lines, for this reason we could not have them all year round. Even though Malaysia all year round is having warm tropical climate and no doubt that our coastal lines are with ever rich source of foods ready for the waders.
One of the example of nice juicy crabs for the shore birds.
Shorebirds even though they comes in all shades of dull brown and white but at certain stages of their life especially juvenile and breeding, they do have some additional catchy interesting colors. Unlike forest bird watching where we normally trek, stop, hear and look out from where the sound originate. Waders watching only need to find a shady places, sit and relax, the whole bunch of waders waiting ready for you to scan through to be pick up on which one you would like to see.
I did this way... My birders friends says that I'm indeed crazy baking myself in the hot sun. Waders normally prefer to feeds very near to the shore lines. With a 10 X binoculars it is indeed a hard task to look at them. Therefore if the shore permit me to walk through with my feathery light body I would rather try to get to the nearest safe range between the birds and me. Not to frighten them off I slowly crept over. Was it hot baking myself like this manner? Well at that very moments I forgotten the meaning of hot as I noticed OOOOOh yoh... so many ... so many waders.
Not all of the time they are pecking and dig deep into the beach..
One of the preening moments of a Sand Plover. Notice it eye lid is close.
Malaysian Sand Plover (they normally moves in pair)
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Common Green Shank
Common Red Shank
White Throated Kingfisher
Black Naped Oriole
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
White Bellied Sea Eagle
Greater Crested Tern -This is most exciting part to me is able to sight a huge resting flocks about 500+