redshank in the mangrove

Spotting wild birds in a mangrove when we are traveling in a rather noisy boat is not easy. Thus when I saw this redshank hovering above the water one morning in Sebung River mangrove, I immediately asked the boat crew to urn off the engine. We actually had to chase this active bird for about 20 minutes back and forth, rowing, before I could capture a decent picture.

Redshanks are migratory birds, traveling from northern Europe and Siberian breeding areas to over-winter here, where insect larvae, shrimps and worms are abundant as their primary delicacies. I’m not too sure whether it is the common (Tringa totanus) or spotted redshank (Tringa erythropus), so if you could help me out here I’ll be very delighted!

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