The last time the Crab Plover was sighted in Thailand was in 2009 at a beach in Satun. When news of this bird’s arrival went public, hundreds of die-hard birders and nature photographers flocked to the lonely beach in this forgotten corner of Thailand to collect their long awaited twitch and capture images of this elusive bird. This humble little individual went on the star on the front cover of BCST’s Birdwatching Magazine for the year and was later voted as one of the most popular photos ever to grace the cover of this well-read publication.
The bird was present for two weeks before it disapeared, no doubt heading off to its breeding grounds somewhere over the vast horizon.
When the presence of two birds was reported in Phang Nga in December this year, it didn’t take long for birdwatchers to respond. Some birders drove all night to make the pilgimage while others opted for the comfort and efficency of budget flights to Phuket. Laem Pakarang became a gathering for nature lovers and birders from all over the country, all of which were united by the one common goal of witnessing this uncommon event in ornithological history.
The Phuket Birdwatching Club also made its pilgrimage to see these superstars and came away with prizes of our own, like this lovely photo, taken by Games Punjapa of South Thailand Birdwatching Company.