1- Day for Bird Watching in Vietnam: Shoebirds and Migratory Birds in Go Cong Coast, Mekong Estuary Area.
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What can we do in 1 day for bird watching in Vietnam?
We establish a short schedule for birding in Vietnam with over 20 species of seabirds and shorebirds have been recorded in the Mekong River estuary, many of which are rare: Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Asian Dowitcher, Far Eastern Curlew, Great Knot, Terek Sandpiper…
Where the spots for our plan?
Can Gio beach and mangrove forest; Go Cong beach are two spots which we can visit to have good bird watching trip.
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The Mekong alluvial area is a refuge of shorebirds and migratory birds from the north, every year from December to April, thousands of seabirds and shorebirds will migrate here to feed, to their breeding season again, they will back to Siberia and the far north pole to breed.
In recent years, the construction of dams upstream of the Mekong has significantly affected alluvial estuaries. This affects the number of migratory birds returning every year as food becomes increasingly scarce. In addition, the expansion of aquaculture areas such as clam, oysters, and snail beaches significantly reduces the feeding area of migratory birds. In addition, waste is also a big problem, as waste is highly concentrated on the coastline, which has caused major consequences for shorebirds.
If you are a bird watcher with endless passion, spend time with seabirds, because they are so … difficult to distinguish, this creates an interesting. Experience walking in a long sandy beach with mud and eyes to find the little birds, feeling like having to carry binoculars scop to follow the bird or return to shore quickly because the tide “chases” your feet Such true feelings.
The spots of migratory birds are just over an hour drive from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, your trip will start early in the morning and end at high tide at the end of the day. A day trip helps visitors to see many rare migratory birds with very limited global numbers such as Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordmann’s Greenshank which is the goal of Vietnambirds.
What types of bird can we see in this trip?
Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Asian Dowitcher, Far Eastern Curlew, Great Knot, Temminck’s Stint, Terek Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Red-necked Stint, Little stint, Long-toed Stint, Sanderling, Ruddy turnstone, Common Greenshank, Marsh sandpiper, Asian Golden Plover, Greater sand plover, Lesser Sand plover, Kentish plover, Malaysian plover…
Some migrate Gulls : Mongolian herring gull, Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Gull.
And Terns : Whiskered tern, White-winged tern, Little tern, Caspian tern…
Guests will have a lunch break in places with fresh seafood, noodles is also an unforgettable experience, especially when you are very hungry after walking for so long on the beach.
The rest of the afternoon, the guide will take visitors to see the native birds living habitat along the rice fields and coastal mangrove patches such as: Sunbirds, Bee-eaters, Drongo, plaintive cuckoo, Greater coucal…
Is it possible to combine the schedule with other bird watching tours?
A tour in one day birding to meet many species of waders is a great thing, we always encourage clients to connect this itinerary with other bird watching journeys. Clients can start an 8-day bird watching tour in southern Vietnam, or a 4-day bird watching in Cat Tien National Park with this 1-day tour. To connect and combine those programs or other bird watching tours in Vietnam, please contact Vietnambirds, we will advise on a most suitable schedule for your trip time.