BBC story

To: "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: BBC story
From: "Peter Madvig" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2012 23:56:00 +1100

Hi all,

No one seems to have said anything much about the actual footage from the BBC, and the story behind it.

I am amazed at the attemt to breed shorebirds, and especially those incredible SB SP's. But, these birds normally hatch in an environment where they feed themselves, grow, and then migrate countless miles to their winter quarters in S.E Asia. They know where to go and when, and eventually return to their places of origin to take their turn at breeding.
Pure instinct, is it not?

So, HOW in the world will they "react" in a foreign environment, where, I assume, they are to be kept indefinitely??? Won't that urge to migrate play a role in their behaviour??? These are not birds suited to captivity, as indeed nor are other wader/shorebirds. I just find it hard to imagine how this will all pan out....!??! Anyone else as baffled as I am?? Answers??

Gee, wouldn't we all just love to see some sort of secure future for these and other, threatened shorebirds. That is why it is so important to protect the environs they require in the flyways, why such huge efforts are made to lobby governments and organisations to participate. Without the natural habitats surviving, a bleak future, if any, is in store for these fascinating creatures.
Peter Madvig


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