Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS encountered a flock of Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum) at his last visit to the Malim Nawar Wetlands in Perak, Malaysia on an earlier visit from quite a distance. Initially he mistook the birds for terns.
The habitat consists of extensive ex-tin mining areas made up of many pond and lakes, wetlands and fish farming areas.
“Today (1st September 2013) he saw them closer and the flock size has grown,” noted Amar. “I saw flocks a number of times but assume they are the same birds. Flocks are now in excess of 250 birds (counting from images taken today). A sizable proportion of birds were in moult. They are hard to spot when on the ground.”
Posted are some flight images of single birds and flocks, as well as habitat image.