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Photo credit: Tobias Epple
The beginning of this bird's story...
Strider's egg was collected from the Nene Washes in April 2018 and transported to WWT Welney for incubation. Strider hatched on 29 May, one of the youngest headstarted birds in 2018.
Back to the wild...
Strider was released with two sisters Scott and Stilts back at the Nene Washes on 27 June 2018. This was the first release at the Nene Washes and included 15 birds in total.
And the story continues...
May 2019. After no sightings since summer 2018, Strider is spotted back at the Nene Washes.
June 2019. Strider has paired with a wild bird and is nesting at the Nene Washes. July 2019. Strider is spotted at a nature reserve in the west of France (Réserve naturelle du Marais communal de Saint-denis-du-Payré). August 2019. Strider is spotted close by in Sainte Radégonde-des-Noyers, Pays de la Loire, in west France. October 2019. Strider moves to an island off the west coast of France - Île de Ré, near La Rochelle. May 2020. Strider is spotted in Germany! In Dellmensingen, near Ulm, south Germany. June 2020. Strider is spotted at RSPB Ouse Washes.
How was this bird named?
Strider was suggested by Mydanwy Mog on Twitter when we asked for name ideas in summer 2018. The perfect word to describe how these long-legged birds march through their wet homes.