Shorebirds Unite Us


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On the 6th of September 2014 birdwatchers around the world will visit their local wetlands or any kind of suitable sites to count shorebirds. September is a good time for watching shorebird migration in the Northern Hemisphere, but also a good time to see breeding shorebirds on the southern part of the globe.

The idea of counting shorebirds on this day is to raise awareness on the importance of shorebird research and to make shorebird monitoring and data recording more popular. For this, the World Shorebirds Day Team is partnering the eBird Team of Cornell Lab of Ornithology to submit total checklists of all the sites involved. eBird is a world renowned and the ultimate program for reporting bird records straight from the field. With BirdsEye BirdLog apps, data can be easily entered and uploaded directly to eBird. One of the coolest feature of the eBird website is a map showing submitted checklists in real time.

We encourage you to book your location today on the map we have just created. The map is editable and allows our readers to add their own locations where shorebirds (or waders if you like that better) will be counted. Some locations have already been added, but we hope that the coverage will be much better by time.

Here is the link of the map:

On 6th of September 2014 shorebirds will unite all the shorebird enthusiasts, and hopefully this event will pledge more birdwatchers, which takes us one step closer to a more sustainable world.

Write and pic: Gyorgy Szimuly





Music release celebrates migratory birds


Music release celebrates migratory birds


Oil Spill Threatens Migratory Birds


From the species of small-sized waders, plover to large size, whimbrel are exposed to the residue of oil spills while resting and foraging in Bali

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Since those birds come in the number of thousands, that they sometimes foraging close to the settlements, such as river banks, the paddy field, the Harbour, the pond that has no legal protection equivalent to the nature reserve. often during this journey they encountered many threats, such as bad weather, lost their temporary habitat, poaching and even pollution.

Benoa Port that located in Denpasar, Bali is one of the foraging and resting location of shore birds, such as Mongolian Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Grey Plover, Grey-tailed Tattler, Terek Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Far-eastern Curlew. On January 28, 2014, identified about twenty waders were exposed to residual oil spill. ” I had a chance capturing some waders affected by oil residue spills, either in part or whole body exposed to oil spills”, said Yuyun Yanuar Bali’s Photographer.

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Based on those information, on February 4-10, 2014, Indonesian Bird Banding Scheme, Cikabayan Bird banding Club form Bogor, Bali Bird banding club, and Bali’s Conservation and Natural resources staff were trying to catch and clean all of the affected birds, then released them back.

Team was able to catch 5 individuals consist of 1 Pluvialis squatarola, 2 Charadrius leschenaultii, 1 mongolian plover, and 1 Heteroscelus brevipes with the condition of 5%. 30%, and 80% affected by the oil spills.

“It was difficult for us to catch those waders to clean up of oil spills. Those birds still can fly though their condition was 100% exposed to residual oil spill.” said Iwan Londo from anak burung bird banding club surabaya.

According to Fathur Rohman, Bali’s Conservation and Natural resources staff, ” these oil spills will be a serious threat to the sustainability of this living bird.  They clean their body by their beak, so that the oil could be ingested and can cause toxication in the body.” Oils that sticked to the bird’s plumage resulted in losing the ability  of the bird to isolate the temperatures around, Thus causing loss of body heat. If this situation still be continue, the bird could loss of appetite. We and Bali bird watcher will remain observe all of the birds that are still affected by or ones already cleaned. Said Fathur

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

-    Fransisca Noni : +62 817 687 9354;
-    Yuyun yanwar : +62 812 396 00068;
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Sighting on Great Knot at Serangan, Bali, Indonesia


Tulisan tentang perjumpaan Kedidi besar dengan geolocator di Serangan, Bali, Indonesia di newsletter Australian Wader Study Group (AWSG) oleh teman-teman yang melakukan Monitoring Burung Pantai Indonesia (MoBuPI), dan artikel tentang burung pantai bisa dilihat:


Pengamatan Burung di Hari Batik (BUHARTI)


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Peringatan Hari Batik setiap tanggal 2 Oktober mencerminkan arti penting batik sebagai warisan budaya bangsa Indonesia. Sebagai bentuk apresiasi dalam mewujudukan kecintaan pada warisan luhur ini, serta wujud nyata kepedulian terhadap satwa burung, maka pada setiap peringatan Hari Batik tersebut Pengamat Burung Indonesia (PENGABDI) melakukan kegiatan pengamatan burung dengan berbatik secara serentak bertajuk Pengamatan Burung di Hari Batik (BUHARTI).

Dalam kegiatan ini PENGABDI mengajak Anda untuk turut serta dengan mengamati burung di mana pun, baik di rumah, sekolah, kantor, taman kota, maupun kawasan konservasi yang ada, lengkap dengan pakaian batik terbaik yang Anda miliki. Catat setiap jenis dan jumlah individu burung yang teramati dalam form pengamatan yang dapat ANda unduh di tautan berikut: FORM BUHARTI.

Kirim form hasil pengamatan dan foto Anda pengamatan ke Anda pun dapat mengirimkan cerita pengalaman Anda dalam kegiatan ini dan mari terlibat dalam mewujudkan kecintaan pada batik dan burung.

Music release celebrates migratory birds


Written by Birdlife International

MMIIIRecently, the independent record label Second Language released the third volume of its compilation, Music & Migration III. The CD celebrates migratory birds and it includes exclusive contributions from international artists, such as Chris Watson, Mark Fry and Colleen. The third volume follows the success of previous releases in 2010 and 2011 and is dedicated to BirdLife International on its 20th Anniversary and particularly celebrates its global work for migratory birds.

Martin Holm at Second Language stated “Engaging the music scene in support of BirdLife International is a creative way of reaching new audiences around the relevant work on migratory birds.”

Music & Migration III comes packaged as a six-panel concertina sleeve beautifully illustrated by Frances Castle of Clay Pipe Records/The Hardy Tree. Included is a free bonus disc, Mizieb EP, by The Home Current featuring remixes of Theme From Mizieb. Two original tracks complete the set – Fiddien Torchlight Procession (feat. Anna Rose Carter) and A Case Of Domestic Violins (feat. Sarah Kemp of brave timbers/Lanterns On The Lake).

In 2010, Second Language released its first compilation, which was themed around issues of avian migration, and the many man-made threats to international flyways as highlighted by BirdLife International. The album proved to be both an artistic and critical success, selling out its limited edition almost immediately. Encouraged by its success, Second Language went on to release a second volume in 2011, this time in support of BirdLife Malta and their efforts to secure avian migratory routes across the islands.

For more information please contact Martin Holm,

Rare sighting of marked spoon-billed sandpiper on migration


Written by BirdLife International


A rare sighting of a marked Spoon-billed Sandpiper on migration was reported last weekend from Rudong mudflats north of Shanghai.

The Critically Endangered bird was identified by a lime green plastic flag on its leg marked ‘01’ that was attached by scientists from Birds Russia on its breeding grounds this summer.

Conservationists know that this bird ‘Lime 01’ fathered six fledglings this summer – three that were hand-reared by conservationists and three that he raised himself – which is 10 times the average for the species.

In all, this summer sixteen hand-reared spoon-billed sandpiper fledglings and eight adults were marked with the lime green plastic leg flags. Birdwatchers are being asked to report all sightings of spoon-billed sandpipers.

Rudong mudflats are the most significant known staging post in China for Spoon-billed Sandpipers where 106 individuals were counted last year in October. Demand for land is high in the region, which is only 150km from Shanghai, and land has already been reclaimed from the marshes at Dongling to the southern end.

Pavel Tomkovich of Birds Russia, who caught and marked the bird with Nikolai Yakushev, said:

When I marked “Lime 01” I wondered if anybody would ever see it on its travels, almost a quarter of the way round the world, as looking for Spoon-billed Sandpipers can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Looking for marked birds is even more difficult as we were only able to mark eight adult birds with these unique flags. Thanks to the reports of local birdwatchers, we’re learning their stopover points.”

‘Lime 01’ was seen leaving the breeding grounds on 4 August and was seen 5,000km away at Rudong on 31 August. Spoon-billed sandpipers can cover as much as 1,000km per day, leaving around three weeks during which it may have been staging elsewhere.

Zhang Lin of the “Spoon-billed Sandpiper in China” Team said:

The first Spoon-billed Sandpiper arrived at Rudong about two weeks ago since when I have been regularly scanning the increasing numbers of waders at the high tide roost at Rudong. When I glimpsed a bird on 31 August that looked like it had a lime green leg flag I knew something exciting was in front of me. On closer inspection it turned out to be ‘Lime 01’. I was over the moon as this is the first time that one of the birds marked in 2013 has been seen in China.

It is amazing to see how these little but Critically Endangered birds are connecting our key sites along the flyway between Russia and China. They are very important as they allow us to track whether efforts to save the species are working.

BirdLife’s project to save Rudong and Minjiang Estuary, two key resting and feeding sites used by Spoon-billed Sandpipers in China, ‘Saving Spoony’s Chinese Wetlands’ is supported by a $100,000 grant from The Walt Disney Company, through Disney’s Friends for Change.

Guidance on reporting spoon-billed sandpiper sightings is available from the East-Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force