This was my first time on the Andaman Coast and my first real taste of Sundaic fauna. Many potential lifers lay among the resident and wintering birds as we moved further south. More would have been possible by pushing into the mangroves and reserves to the north and south but this list was just from a couple of days spent in the accommodation garden, the beach area backed by extensive casuarina trees and the road running north just inland.
The swiftlets were particularly interesting here as they fed very low along the beach and detailed comparison between the species was possible.
|Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus|
|Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis|
|Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus|
|Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii|
|Grey-capped Woodpecker Yungipicus canicapillus|
|Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis|
|Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma|
|Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica|
Red Collared Dove
Seen overhead when nearly dark, calling. Call sounded very like Malaysian Nightjar but calls quite similar and assumed to be this species on range.
* Black-nest Swiftlet
Definitely present alongside Germain's. Good views as they hawked low over the beach. Dark rump and structural differences clear.
* Grey-rumped Treeswift
Greater Sand Plover
Lesser/Greater Sand Plover
Common Sandpiper 4
Pacific Reef-Heron 2
Crested Honey-buzzard 2
Eurasian Hoopoe 1
White-throated Kingfisher 1
Indochinese Roller 3
* Dollarbird 1
* Grey-capped Woodpecker 1
Ashy Drongo - many in casuarina trees along beach
Common Tailorbird - only in the garden of the accommodation
* Rufous-bellied Swallow 2
* Asian Glossy Starling 1
Asian Brown Flycatcher 1
* Orange-bellied Flowerpecker 1 - in garden
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
* Forest Wagtail - In woodland along inland road running parallel to beach towards the pier.