29 June 2011 I woke a few times, every hour and finally checked my clock to see it was now 0440. I had beaten my alarm clock which was set for 0500. I woke Nige and Simon, we had a coffee and got set up for the day. The weather was OK, cool and overcast but dry and not too windy. As w
28 June 2011 Liza visited and we had a very long talk over a plan for tomorrow and some other matters such as flights home and general logistics. We have been here in Meinypylgyno for 33 days now but thoughts of our tactical withdrawal from our current base with what we hope are heal
26 June 2011 Liza, Jochen and Egor were set to return from the search across the lake. Pavel and Nikolay were using the quad and boat to bring them back. The late news was that Jochen had found a nest.
28 June 2011 We’ve received some good news from HQ this week, the Australasian Wader Study Group of Birds Australia have generously donated approximately $6000 (Aus) towards the spoon-billed sandpiper appeal. It’s great to know that the work we are doing in the field is being recognis
25 June 2011 I have been wondering how the team are doing across the water, we will find out later. It has been a foggy but still day. I joined Nikolay on the quad bike and we were out from 1000-1720hrs. We headed 15kms away to check a site that was still holding a territorial SBS las
24 June 2011 It was overcast and raining. Liza, Gerrit, Egor and Jochen all headed off 15km away to be boated to the other side of the lake to form a camp. They will check the shore and adjacent hills for new SBS territories and will be back on Sunday night. Nige and I have had a lot
23 June 2011 A post-breakfast meeting allocated areas that have not been covered many times or at all to each person. I chose to head to the marshes and edge of the hills taking in at least one nest site from 2005. I was dropped off by Egor and headed out alone for the day checking th
22 June 2011 As far as news is concerned the most important event today was all of us attending a presentation at the community centre. We prepared some images for use beforehand. At 1650 we headed over and set up. Pavel introduced us all and explained all about the project from when
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