Graeme has worked at the RSPB for 15 years, and has input to spoon-billed sandpiper work since 2009. He is happiest outside in the field but his job, using remote sensing and GIS data, sees him tied to a computer in an office most of the time. He has undertaken spoon-billed sandpiper surveys on the Gulf of Mottoma in two winters; something which he lists among the highlights of his 15 years at RSPB. His particular interest is identification and monitoring of spoon-billed sandpiper habitats from remote sensing. When not at work he can be found outside, birding or riding one of his fleet of bikes.
Changes in intertidal mudflats may have contributed to a decline in spoon-billed sandpipers in 2019
Update of latest research in @GrahamFAppleton #WaderTales spoonies blog https://wadertales.wordpress.com/2020/10/22/spoon-billed-sandpipers-track-and-trace/
Paper by Qing Chang et al @WaderStudy https://bit.ly/3C4UvY4 #Ornithology #Waders
Some of the colour marked Spoon-billed Sandpipers recorded in Bangladesh over the past few years. White & Lime flagged birds were marked in Russia and Yellow ones were marked China. The White ones are head-started/hand-reared in Russia.
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2⃣ More recently, tracking studies are helping to highlight key sites used by the extinction-threatened Spoon-billed Sandpiper:
This will help to focus #conservation action.
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