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The Moggs Creek miracle; A Hooded Plover story.

Posted Thursday 26th February 2015 at 20:43 by Rick and Elis
A pair of Hooded Plovers at Moggs Creek were tending their eggs and were very close to their hatching date. Tragically one of them, bearing the leg flag HE, went missing. Its decapitated body was found the day after hatching and the volunteers that were monitoring the beach suspect that it was killed by a fox....http://www.waderquest.org/2015/02/th...ed-plover.html
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Fulfilling weekend in Cheshire and Wirral.

Posted Tuesday 10th February 2015 at 15:36 by Rick and Elis
Friday afternoon saw Elis and I heading up a heavily congested motorway network taking four hours to complete a three hour journey but we still arrived with plenty of time for our talk to the Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society (CAWOS). We were greeted by a packed hall of around 50 people which is always encouraging. Once again we were humbled by the reception Wader Quest and its aims were given. As for the talk, our usual yardstick of no-one drifting off or leaving was met but one poor gentleman...
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Magellanic Plover project underway.

Posted Friday 30th January 2015 at 17:31 by Rick and Elis
We have received news from Ricardo Matus who is leading the Wader Quest team in Punta Arenas to confirm that the Wader Quest Magellanic Plover ringing project is under way.

Our project team comprising Ricardo along with his wife Olivia Blank and Fernando Díaz were at Los Palos and found around 18 Magellanic Plovers including at least three juveniles. They set a couple of the new nets that we had provided and captured a total of four birds including two fairly large juveniles. ...
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Mystery wader photo.

Posted Tuesday 20th January 2015 at 21:23 by Rick and Elis
Recently on our facebook page we posted a photo of a bird feeding with half of its head and all of its bill underwater which we have reproduced here. Bills are very important in identifying waders and so making this bird's ID a little tricky. If you didn't see that post have a guess what this bird is before scrolling down.
http://www.waderquest.org/2015/01/my...der-photo.html
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Great Knots and Bar-tailed Godwits with satellite transmitters in the East Asian-Aust

Posted Wednesday 31st December 2014 at 00:15 by Rick and Elis
Chris Hassell who is based in Broome in Western Australia reports that a number of Great Knots and Bar-tailed Godwits have had satellite transmitters attached to them to track their migration movements in the coming year for the EAAF satellite transmitter project being carried out by him, Ginny Chan, Lee Tibbitts and Theunis Piersma.

Sufficient numbers of Great Knot were caught on 22/10/2014 for the project's needs...http://www.waderquest.org/2014/12/gr...wits-with.html
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