One of our spoon-billed sandpipers gives its first adult call, and some sadder news

spoon-billed sandpiper video screen shot

Our flock of spoon-billed sandpipers are showing clear signs of maturing. All the birds have started to moult from juvenile into their first winter plumage, which is a polished silvery white like a suit of armour. During a recent evening feed all the birds were being particularly noisy, producing lots of sharp, high-pitched calls. The … Continue reading

New footage of the spoon-billed sandpipers

Enjoy this video of the birds enjoying a splash in the pool in their new room.

The sandpipers move to their new enclosure

Nicky writes: It has been a particularly exciting week at spoon-billed sandpiper HQ. After a couple of weeks’ preparation work, the 2nd wintering room was ready for the birds to move into. The heaters were cranked up to optimum temperature, the heat lamps hung, the pool filled with circulating, filtered water and the river sand … Continue reading

Spoon-billed sandpiper health screening

Spoon-billed sandpiper being weighed

Nicky writes: I’ve just returned from handling all the sandpipers, something we do fortnightly to assess their physical condition and general well-being. The good news – we were happy with today’s health check. Nigel, Rebecca, Michelle – our resident vet – and I rounded up the birds using a soft sided corral and handled them … Continue reading

See the spoon-billed sandpipers live via CCTV

watching the spoon-billed sandpipers in the Slimbridge cinema

By Nicky Hiscock, Conservation Breeding Assistant This is our 38th day of showing live footage of the spoon-billed sandpipers to the public via a CCTV link at the conservation breeding facility. Each day at 2.30pm, when the birds are fed, visitors to WWT Slimbridge can watch live video shown on  large screen in a 90-seat … Continue reading