Headstarting is a collaborative effort between WWT, BirdsRussia and the RSPB, and occurs as part of the International Arctic Expedition mounted each year by BirdsRussia under the leadership of Dr. Evgeny Syroechkovskiy.

PHOTOS: Giving spoon-billed sandpipers a helping hand

Here is a gallery of images from this year’s expedition to headstart spoon-billed sandpipers in Chukotka. Enjoy!

  1. Baz Reply

    “Roland, Egor and Nicky weigh the chicks prior to fitting their leg flags”

    Just look at Nicky’s face in this one. Maybe she didn’t want her photo taken!

    Thanks to everyone for thier support for this year’s expedition.

    And best wishes to all


  2. Helena Jefferson Reply

    What incredible pictures Nicky and Roland. Thanks for all you did for the spoonies and how incredible that the one pair produced 6 chicks with your help!! How marvellous to have a pair nearby so you go to see the true process in the wild. Let us hope the birds all have a safe journey south and arrive safely. I am going to Myanmar with Bird Holidays in January to see them in their wintering grounds.
    Welcome home from Helena

  3. Elaine Charkowski Reply

    Thank you for all you are doing to save the spoon billed sandpipers!!

  4. Ken Tucker (AKA Turnip) Reply

    Great photos guys. You’re right, Baz, about that photo of Nicky. No wonder that bear ran away if she gave it that look! And Roland – you’re wasting away. You obviously didn’t eat enough pork fat sandwiches. Now you’re home, eat chips and drink beer, man! 😉

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