Thursday, 30 January 2014

Celebratory spoonie and celebrity donation!

Following on from the good news that we achieved our target we felt that this should be the day we see a spoonie. So we went out to Pak Thale and found the place devoid of birds. We soon discovered why, there was a Peregrine sitting on one of the dykes, this could explain why the birds have been so skittish if this bird has been around for a while. Try as we might we were unable to locate a spoonie in the small groups of waders that were left. However, as we were leaving we scanned through a group of Red-necked Stints and Kentish Plovers right by the track with little hope to be honest, when suddenly a spoonie waddled into view in my binoculars. Elis made a short video of it as it was too dark by then for photography.
video

We also received two more donations, one from Antti R and the second from our old friend David Lindo, The Urban birder. The message with his extremely generous donation sums up what we were trying to say earlier "Well done guys, but let's not stop here!" This gets straight to the heart of the matter; wader conservation is not an event, it is an ongoing process that will continue to need funding, even on a small scale like that which Wader Quest can offer. This is just the beginning, we must build on our success and continue to support wader conservation around the world, with your help of course.
Wader Quest and The Urban Birder; British Birdwatching Fair 2013

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