Rare bird seen nesting for first time in more than 40 years

Biologists have caught the first video footage ever of a rare shorebird nest in Russia’s remote far east. Scientists had not seen Nordmann’s greenshanks (Tringa guttifer), listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, nesting in over 40 years before Philipp Maleko and his colleagues found a nest in June. Maleko and his colleagues had spent several weeks watching the birds in mudflats in the Bay of Sсhastye, in the southwestern corner of the Sea of Okhotsk. Eventually they followed some of the birds back to larch trees where they spotted the nest. The International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates less than 2,000 of the migratory birds are alive in the world.

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Header Image: A Nordmann’s greenshank sits on a nest in eastern Russia. ©Philipp Maleko