All you ever wanted to know and more has been published in an article in the BBC Wildlfie magazine, October 2012 issue. It is written by Gerrit Vyn of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and adorned with some breathtaking photos by him. It gives comprehensive information about the captive breeding programme and about the 'spoonie' itself. Well worth a read.
Seeing these photos and reading all about the project (again) spurs us on to new levels of enthusiasm.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper male feeding 13 June 2011 Martin J McGill1