I did a wader count today. Or, to put it another way, I counted a wader today!
By 5th August last year there were seven species of wader at Tanjung Tokong; the previous year there were five species by 11th August; today there was just one - a lone Whimbrel.
Moving across to the mainland, I visited Bagan Belat as the tide was rising and did another count: Gull and terns 0; herons and egrets 0; waders 0; other birds 0!
Same story at the rice fields at Penaga, except for a couple of resident Cinnamon Bitterns and three Purple Herons flying over.
On to Kubang Semang, where, despite a fair bit of promising habitat there were only the resident Black-winged Stilt flock, a few Little Egrets and a solitary Little Ringed Plover.
Oh look - a bird!
In the last week or so we've been having frequent torrential rain - the outer margins of Typhoon Morakot, which has been battering the Philippines, Taiwan and the East China coastline. My guess is that that's why there are no birds yet - they're hunkered down somewhere waiting for the storm to blow over before flying south.