Appeal for waterbird images from African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA)

Sergey Dereliev the UNEP/AEWA Secretariat is planning to produce a coffee table book featuring some of the waterbird species for which the Agreement has undertaken initiatives. OSME is helping publicise his request for the images.

White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala juvenile, Turkey. © A. Al-Sirhan

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. To this end the AEWA Secretariat is planning to produce a high-end coffee table book featuring some of the waterbird species for which the Agreement has undertaken initiatives.

The concept for the book is to source high quality photographs, which ideally have not been published before, from the extensive AEWA network and wider birding community. We hope to source as many images as possible free of charge and will, in exchange, include short profiles of all contributing photographers in the book together with a portrait photo as well as a website link to the photographer’s website (if applicable). Contributing photographers will also receive a copy of the book for free. 

We are looking for pictures of the following species (between 4 and 6 pictures of each) taken in the WILD:

–           Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus);

–           Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus);

–           Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis);

–           Taiga Bean Goose (Anser f. fabalis);

–           Bewick’s Swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii);

–           White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala);

–           Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis);

–           Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca);

–           Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa);

–           Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia);

–           Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita);

–           Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius);

–           White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi);

–           Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex);

–           Slaty Egret (Egretta vinaceigula);

–           Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor);

–           Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum);

–           African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus);

–           Damara Tern (Sternula balaenarum);

–           Cape Gannet (Morus capensis);

–           Bank Cormorant (Phalacrocorax neglectus);

–           Crowned Cormorant (Microcarbo coronatus);

–           Cape Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis);

–           African Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini).

Pictures should be JPG files at 300dpi, have as high resolution as possible and the color space should be Adobe RGB.

If you are interested in contributing to this project, please contact Ms. Dunia Sforzin at the AEWA Secretariat (email: as soon as possible. If you already have photographs which you would like to suggest for the book, please send them directly to Dunia Sforzin. For each photo please provide the name of the species, the location where the image has been taken as well as the month and year when it has been taken. 

Please feel free to forward this call for images to other photographers/colleagues within your various networks.

Your photographs will not be published in the book or used for any other purpose without your express prior consent. 

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to collaborating with you on this project

Sergey DERELIEV (Mr.)

Technical Officer

UNEP/AEWA Secretariat

African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement

UN Campus

Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1

53113 Bonn


Tel.: +49-228-815-2415

Fax: +49-228-815-2450



Sergey Dereliev

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