Trip Reports

János Oláh, Hungary - 2014

(Managing Director,;

Dear Bao and Quang!

Just starting to the aiport. Many thanks for the fantastic organization of the 2014 tour. I hope we will be able to bring larger group next year - and in future! We will be in touch in June about the revised itinerary once I have discussed it with the boss.

Take care and all the best for your remaining season!

Cheers, János 

Spoon-billed Sandpiper survey in Mekong Delta 2013

(Nguyen Hoai Bao & Nguyen Hao Quang)

Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) is a critically endangered species (IUCN redlist 2013). It’s breeding in Russia and wintering down the western Pacific coast through Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, mainland China, Hong Kong (China), Taiwan (China) and South-east Asia including Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Mekong Delta is one of key remaining SbS wintering sites. The survey done by Birds Russia collaborated with University of Science in Ho Chi Minh city in 2011 had recorded up to 8 or at least 5 birds (Vladimir et al., 2012). In additional, by personal observations, there was 1 bird recorded in Can Gio area in April 2010 (Nguyen Hoai Bao) and another one record also in Can Gio in October 2010 (Jonathan Eames). An older survey in 2000 by Moores, N. and Nguyen Phuc Bao Hoa has reorded up to 5 individuals in Ba Tri area. 

This one-week survey therefore could a desirable data to support mornitoring SbS as well as waders population wintering in Mekong delta, especially at the IBAs along coastal in the southern Vietnam. 

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Welcome to the birds 2013

(Tram Chim national park 2013)

Every year, over 50 million waterbirds make an epic journey along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, which connects the north-east Asian breeding grounds with wintering grounds in south-east Asia and Australia. For example, the Far Eastern Curlew travels the length of East Asia from its breeding grounds in Siberia to the wetlands of southern Australia, while the Bar-tailed Godwit holds the record for longest non-stop flight of over 11,000 km, travelling from Alaska to New Zealand.
We believe that the wonder of these annual migrations will be a way of gaining support for bird and habitat conservation amongst the broader public.

Welcome to the Birds provides BirdLife Partners with the opportunity to demonstrate that some of their country’s key species are shared by other countries, placing even more importance on the need to protect key sites. Welcome to the Birds provides the opportunity for a BirdLife Partner to do advocacy work and awareness-raising at a key site or for a threatened species by reaching out to specific groups such as schools, or to the general public.

Tram Chim national park 2013

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