These birds were an unexpected find when we went visiting the coastal stretch between Kuala Selangor and Klang, which brought us to Pantai Jeram and Pantai Remis. We planned the visit for low tide towards late afternoon, when we get to go on the beach and explore a bit, check out the teeming coastal animals that thrives within these coastal habitats. Pantai Jeram’s beach is covered in thick mud flats, making it difficult (and messy) to walk on if you do not have wellies with you. Pantai Remis, which is slightly further down south, is much better, and after working our way pass the stone wall wave breaker, we were on the gravel beach.
While exploring the beach, we spotted these pod of birds foraging on the reefs at the outer part of the beach. When I got nearer for a closer look and some photography, I realised they were likely migratory birds making their way down south for greener pastures. These are small size birds, with my zoom at maximum focal length, I did my best to fill the frame by getting as close as I can without scaring them away and carefully composing around the reefs. The XF 100-400mm is out, but just too expensive for me to contemplate owning one 😦 at present.
Upon doing some research later, it all made sense to me, I learned there are only eight migratory bird flyways in the world, and Kapar (which is quite close to Pantai Remis) is the only site in Malaysia along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. And the birds look like they could be either lesser sand plovers from the Charadriidae family or sandpipers (semipalmated sandpiper, least sandpiper, white rumped sandpiper), I can’t be certain as they look almost the same to my untrained eye. Any bird watcher/enthusiast out there reading this who is in the know, your input is appreciated.
My research revealed something very interesting about the reefs too, they are polychaete reefs constructed by the sand-cementing worms, Annelida Polychaeta Sabellariidae, the only one known at present within South-East Asia.
All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200mm