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.

Another nest – 27 June 2011

27 June 2011 Jochen and Nikolay return to the lake to study the nest that was found great news.. another is found!
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The wanderers return – 26 June 2011

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.
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Good news from home – 28 June 2011

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
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Spoon-billed sandpiper gallery – 26 June 2011

A collection of images of the spoon-billed sandpiper taken by Jochen Dierschke
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The search for nests continues – 25 June 2011

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
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Nikolay, Nigel and I remain as the others set off for a few days – 24 June 2011

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
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Another day of exploring – 23 June 2011

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
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Raising local awareness – 22 June 2011

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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More nest sightings – 21 June 2011

21 June 2011 I woke as Nige and Simon were leaving for breakfast. We have a flexible system where one or all three can go and join the others but there is only room at the table for six at a time. If one or more does not go then the others will bring bag some porridge. This morning ju
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Keeping an eye on the precious eggs – 20 June 2011

20 June 2011 I was woken by Nige at 0600 he had still not gone to bed keeping an eye on the temperatures of the eggs. My wife had tried to Skype call, it was intermittent and we lost connection several times. I was delighted with being able to hear the voices of my family. I had a cof
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