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There is no Greater Bird than Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Greater Sand Plover

Sightings of the Greater Sand Plovers are occasionally observed along the beaches’ coastlines of the western portion of Koh Chang. They usually forage at low tide on wet ground away from the water’s edge. Their presence adds vibrancy to tourists’ coastal sea viewing.

 

The scientific name of the Greater Sand Plover is Charadrius leschenaultii. As a migratory bird, it prefers habitats with sparse vegetation like sandy beaches. It is seldom observed in very large flocks. It is often encountered singly though it freely joins other waders and plovers when feeding of roosting. Greater Sand Plovers are distinguishable by their grey-brown crown and nape. Their lores, bill and upperwing are black while their ear coverts are dusky. They have prominent white forehead, throat, chin and under parts. Their dorsum is colored brown-gray and the legs and feet are greenish-gray. This species has unique way of presentation when in breeding period. Its plumage on the breast and the top of its head change to a dull brick red and the small feathers that cover the ear region change color from dusky gray to black. Compared to the Lesser Sand Plovers, Greater Sand Plovers have a larger and longer bill and legs.

 

The Greater Sand Plovers are carnivorous. They survived during breeding season on diets which include insects, beetles, termites, midges and ants. During non-breeding season, they eat mainly marine invertebrates such as crustaceans (like shrimps and small crabs), mollusks and worms.  Prey is detected visually by running short distance, stopping to look, then running to collect it. The population of this species is classified to be of Least Concern in the Conservation Status, they are estimated in global scale to be in the range of 180,000 to 360,000 individuals. Their calls are clear “triii…” or “trrirrrt….” sound. They nest in a shallow scrape on the ground like sandy hills, gravel or on other barren substrates but not too close to waters.





published: 21.10.2012

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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