Another brief trip to Tanjung Tokong in the hope of catching the Redshanks close again proved a disappointment as far as the Redshanks were concerned, though there were some compensations!
A flock of 22 Black-crowned Night Herons was disturbed from some nearby mangroves by something - not sure what - and they spent most of the afternoon circling around, many of them with their bills open, whether from heat, exhaustion, or some other reason I couldn't be sure.
The egret roost gave a good opportunity to compare the various species almost side by side - here are a Great Egret, a Little Egret and a Little Heron.
And the same species flying by!
This pond heron has just enough breeding feathers to enable it to be identified as a Javan Pond Heron.
By following the upward gaze of the pond heron, I spotted the resident Peregrine soaring overhead. I think this is the resident 'ernesti' race, which is darker, greyer below than the migratory races.
Also up there was an adult White-bellied Sea Eagle with a freshly caught meal.
Another predator taking advantage of the falling tide was this Smooth Otter. It was the first time I've seen a lone otter - usually there's a pair - so either it's bad news - the other has died, or good news - it's holed up somewhere with cubs.
Anyway, it had a great time hunting for mudskippers on the far side of the river.
Here are two tiddlers chasing each other!
This Little Egret almost caught its reflection!
I spoke to the owner of the seafood restaurant where I sit to take my photos and he told me the Redshanks had been there yesterday - why am I not surprised?! I pointed out a Little Heron to him but his comment was "That kind of bird not beautiful!" Well, I beg to differ!