Presplorers at the mid-winter waterbird counts
24 Jan 2020
Yesterday the Presplorers were in the field helping to count the number of waterbirds wintering in Prespa. As usual the meeting point was the public library and from there we went to Great Prespa Lake in order to count both the different species and numbers of birds in Psaradhes Bay. Armed with binoculars, a telescope and the field guide to the Birds of Europe, the Presplorers found small flocks of great crested grebes, little grebes and coots, as well as black-headed gulls. The pygmy cormorants lined up on the jetty didn’t escape their eye, nor the lone grey heron, and they also saw a Dalmatian pelican, spotting the bright red beak pouch that signified it had already starting breeding. The Presplorers also learned all about the Mid-winter Waterbird Counts, the longest running bird monitoring programme in the world, and the importance of the counts in assessing wetlands, estimating changes in waterbird populations and, consequently, in managing and protecting these species and their habitat.