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One of the biggest challenges of this exciting project is to map ‘where we are’ at the moment. I have extensively browsed the internet to find shorebird photographs of outstanding quality species by species in the last couple of months. I certainly missed a lot of websites, but this project phase is not over yet.

At the same time many excellent bird photographers showed interest in being a contributor. I have shared some more details about the photo collection, participance and species list to interested photographers.

Here is the iCloud document I have shared with the contacted photographers. Bird photographers are very welcome to read it and register interest via the attached Google form.

I’m thrilled to see that plenty of really excellent bird photographers offered great support for the project for nothing, but most of them can accept one of the payment options I offered.

In the next couple of months a website will be created featuring an image submission solution.

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One of our contributors, Attila Seprényi’s excellent photo of a Bar-tailed Godwit clearly represents the style of photographs we are looking for. © Attila Seprényi

Publishing date set

Here are some details about the project. I set the publishing date for the Volume 1. According to the plans it will be published by July 2019. Publishing dates for the rest of the volumes will be announced later.

It is a great pleasure to have Ayuwat Jearwattanakanok in the team. Ayuwat is young and very talented wildlife artist, based in Thailand. More about Ayuwat will be posted later.

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Both the morphology and the behaviour of the Magellanic Plover is unprecedented among shorebirds. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Both the morphology and the behaviour of the Magellanic Plover is unprecedented among shorebirds. © Gyorgy Szimuly

In October last year proposal was addressed to the South American Classification Committee (SACC) to treat Pluvianellidae (Magellanic Plover) as a subfamily of Chionidae (Sheathbills). The Pluvianellidae is considered to be a monotypic family among shorebirds since it was elevated from Charadriidae. As a result of previous genetic studies it was then treated as the sister family of Chionidae.

The current proposal didn’t pass due to the lack of evidence. Both the uniqueness of the behaviour of Magellanic Plover (means also different from that of the Sheathbills) and the genetic data supports the family status of the Pluvianellidae being in close relation to Chionidae.

The Magellanic Plover is a stunning and in a way extraordinary member of the shorebirds. © Gyorgy Szimuly

The Magellanic Plover is a stunning and in a way extraordinary member of the shorebirds. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Just a short note

There might be no news about the project, but I’m happy to tell my followers that it is live and running in the background! I’m working hard to get it done! More detail is coming later.

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