The first Spoon-billed Sandpiper for the African-Eurasian Shorebird Survey

The critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper has been added to the surveyed shorebird species list for the first time during the February survey weekend. A young supporter of the African-Eurasian Shorebird Survey from Thailand spotted a wintering, unflagged, Spoon-billed Sandpiper on the salt pans of the famous Pak Thale Nature Reserve.

Only about 348 (average population size) Spoon-billed Sandpipers are believed to be survived in the wild and the conservationists fear the worst that this unique shorebird species will be gone forever in the next decade or so.