Spoonbills: A strong connection between the Netherlands and Urdaibai

Tuesday, 21 September 2021 11:49

Last Thursday at 17:42 a large flock of spoonbills stopped off in front of the Urdaibai Bird Center on their journey to Africa. We immediately started broadcasting the images live on YouTube for everyone to enjoy. Among the spoonbills was an individual with a GPS device and a ring marked "NA27". 


Sponbill harro

This spoonbill, which had come from Amsterdam, is part of a project being carried out by the Royal NIOZ (The Netherland Institute for Sea Research) The organization has attached GPS devices to 17 spoonbills so that people can monitor them and enjoy their journeys live.


In Amsterdam the spoonbill "NA27" was given the name "Harro" By coincidence the same word means "proud" in Basque. All of us at the Urdaibai Bird Center are indeed proud that after 20 years of working with the species, spoonbills from the Wadden Sea have become one of the great attractions for all our visitors.

Our live streaming on Harro and his travelling companions brought thanks and congratulations from many people in the Netherlands. The spoonbills are undoubtedly a great connection between between Urdaibai and the Netherlands.

To follow the journey of these spoonbills live click on the link: https://maps.nioz.nl/spoonbills-NL

Flying spoonbills









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