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 activity nearby that might put any freshly laid eggs – and adult birds – in peril.
Calculating the best time to collect any eggs found in located nests has kept us very busy, but its been a fruitful search, so here – in date order – is what has happened since we collected that first precious clutch of spoon-billed sandpiper eggs just two weeks ago….
This is gripping, tense stuff! Willing you guys on, and praying for your precious cargoes to be kept safe and lead to the beginnings of a captive breeding population!
Amazing job! Well done. Page-turning blog. Let’s hope it all comes to fruition. Looking forward to seeing these birds grow up.