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Welcome to the birds 2014

Welcome to the Birds is a series of events across the East Asian-Australasian and Central Asian Flyways to raise awareness of the wonder of our migrating birds. BirdLife International and the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB; BirdLife in the UK) are partial funding for these events

Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Mekong delta

I had wanted to see the Spoon-billed Sandpiper for many years. I had been disappointed when I had visited Hong Kong’s Mai Po reserve a few years ago not to see them. As in many other of their former wintering and stop over migration places now, numbers of this species are critically low and development of their mud habitat is such that they are one of the most threatened birds on the planet. There may be less than 300 hundred left, and I so wanted to see one before they became extinct.

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