I then conducted as much of the count as I could on foot while I waited for help to arrive. I saw many more songbirds today since I was on foot in between the locations where I normally stop on the bike. Probably the best bird of the day though was a subadult Watercock that I flushed out of the edge of some rice paddies. The Watercock is closely related to both rails and gallinules and shares many of the attributes of both. It actually resembles the yellow rail that is in
When I am conducting the full count, I don’t really have time to spend taking too many photos, so I will meter my good photos from today out over the next several posts! Here is a quite obviously staged photo of me “on station” this morning.
Once help arrived, it took another 45 minutes for them to take the tire to a nearby village while I waited and did a little more photography of a small flock of the near-endemic Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark. The intensity of the sunlight here even at a fairly early hour of the morning (8AM) makes it very challenging to get truly good photos of these birds. I may leave a little bit earlier tomorrow to try to counter this and give me a little more chance at the “money” sun-angle the early morning provides.
Ah, dinner time – until tomorrow.