Two weeks of non stop action – 7 July 2011

7 July 2011 Apologies to all for the extended radio silence, on our search for spoon-billed sandpiper nests. The past fortnight has been the most intense, exhausting, but exciting time for the team here. We’ve been working day and night, meticulously searching for signs of breeding adult birds, locating nests and watching for any predator … Continue reading

Not counting chickens before they hatch – the aviculturist in me takes over – 3 July 2011

3 July 2011 0900hrs The day began with sunshine.  Nikolay is searching the hills for one more suspected nest. Jochen is to look at another area where he watched a displaying male in previous weeks. We did not see or hear this bird on my only visit here with Nikolay but it has been seen … Continue reading

My first apple since leaving the UK – 1 July 2011

1 July 2011 In the afternoon Simon and I walked across the gravel plain to the base of the hills, much of the water and pools has dried up, seeped away leaving only a few wet spots. No sign or sound of any SBS in the time we were there. It was a warm day … Continue reading

Community work with local children is always fun – 30 June 2011

30 June 2011 Simon and I walked to the shop which was shut, we found out later it was for a stock take and resupply so there may be some goodies on offer soon. We headed for the school to meet up with some of the teachers. We had met them at our Spoon-billed Sandpiper … Continue reading

Incubating the eggs – 29 June 2011

29 June 2011 I woke a few times, every hour and finally checked my clock to see it was now 0440. I had beaten my alarm clock which was set for 0500. I woke Nige and Simon, we had a coffee and got set up for the day. The weather was OK, cool and overcast … Continue reading

Another nest – 27 June 2011

27 June 2011 Jochen and Nikolay return to the lake to study the nest that was found great news.. another is found!

Good news from home – 28 June 2011

28 June 2011 We’ve received some good news from HQ this week, the Australasian Wader Study Group of Birds Australia have generously donated approximately $6000 (Aus) towards the spoon-billed sandpiper appeal. It’s great to know that the work we are doing in the field is being recognised by people around the world, that our progress … Continue reading

Spoon-billed sandpiper gallery – 26 June 2011

A collection of images of the spoon-billed sandpiper taken by Jochen Dierschke

The search for nests continues – 25 June 2011

25 June 2011 I have been wondering how the team are doing across the water, we will find out later. It has been a foggy but still day. I joined Nikolay on the quad bike and we were out from 1000-1720hrs. We headed 15kms away to check a site that was still holding a territorial … Continue reading

Nikolay, Nigel and I remain as the others set off for a few days – 24 June 2011

24 June 2011 It was overcast and raining. Liza, Gerrit, Egor and Jochen all headed off 15km away to be boated to the other side of the lake to form a camp. They will check the shore and adjacent hills for new SBS territories and will be back on Sunday night. Nige and I have … Continue reading