Nordmann's Greenshank

To: "Tun Pin Ong" <>, <>
Subject: Nordmann's Greenshank
From: "Ricki Coughlan" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 07:26:05 +1000
Hi Tun Pin

Nice shots and story. I note with interest what appear to be a number of the 
Asian race, affinis, of the Gull-billed Tern in the background of one image 
taken in January 2006, over-wintering perhaps?

April 26 - the day of the closure of gates on the sea wall of the Saemangeum 
"Reclamation" Project - will be a black day for nature. For those who are not 
aware of this disaster, visit 
(copy and paste the link in your browser if broken). The Mangyeung and Dongjin 
Estuaries are signifcant staging posts for a number of migratory shorebirds. In 
the case of the northern migration of the Great Knot, more than 120,000 
individuals of this species visit these estuaries which will be destroyed on 
April 26. This is a significant part of their total population.

As I type, most of these Great Knots are feeding/provisioning on those 
mudflats, in preparation for the departure to their breeding grounds in Siberia 
in coming weeks. Around 13,000 Great Knots visit these estuaries on their 
southerly migration. This is the most important southern migration staging post 
for Nordmann's Greenshank, as it is for Black-tailed Godwit. According to Mark 
Barter's "Shorebirds of the Yellow Sea" (Published by Wetlands International 
and Environment Australia), these sites are the only stop-over locations for 
Spoon-billed Sandpipers and Bar-tailed Godwits in the Yellow Sea on their 
southern migration. Many other species visit this site (Terek Sandpipers, 
Common Greenshank, Lesser Sand Plover, Kentish Plover, Grey Plover, Dunlin, 
Red-necked Stint, Eastern Curlew and Eurasian Curlew) and will be affected.

I'm having difficulty getting postings onto Birding-Aus these days but will 
attempt to put up a letter of protest to the South Korean Consul General for 
all to peruse and perhaps to sign as soon as I can get the posting problem 

For those who would like to write their own response to the destructive actions 
of the South Korean government, here's the South Korean Consul General's 
address in Sydney:

Mr Changsoo KIM
Consul General
Level 13, St James Centre
111 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW  2000


Discover more at .

Happy birding anyway
Ricki Coughlan
Sydney, Australia

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