Maxim Koshkin – ACBK

My name is Maxim Koshkin and I’m a National Sociable Lapwing Project coordinator. For the last 7 years I have been employed by ACBK – The Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan.

I have just returned from ringing and tagging eight Sociable Lapwings with the latest new tags on the breeding grounds in June 2010. You can read my account of this extra special mission with Rob Sheldon and colleagues here and see a video of us here.

One of our hardest challenges when looking for breeding birds, or migrating flocks, is initially finding the birds in the vast open expanses of the flat open Steppe. Height is an advantage and we always make use of any elevated positions to search from like these. Having a great pair of Swarovski binoculars helps too of course!

As I’m usually behind a camera lense rather than in front of it there aren’t that many photographs of me in the field but many of my pictures are used in the Amazing Journey website – I hope you like them.

Studying Sociable Lapwing has always been very exciting for me and I hope that the new satellite tags we have fitted this year will give us even more information in the years to come!