Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China
OCTOBER 3, 2019
Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China. The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is probably the most iconic bird species in China – to the point that some bird guides I know are quite tired of looking for it. And yet, I have now birded China for almost 5 years without ever really trying to see one. In 2016, the global spoon-billed sandpiper population was estimated at 240–456 mature individuals – a critically endangered species.