Gerrit Vyn Photography –

Gerrit Vyn is a conservation and wildlife photographer and cinematographer dedicated to telling the stories of endangered animals and habitats. He is a producer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers

Shorebird hunter with Eurasian Curlew. This practice of hunting shorebirds is common throughout coastal Myanmar and Bangladesh where the majority of remaining Spoon-billed Sandpipers winter. As many as a hundred Spoon-billed Sandpipers were found this winter in Myanmar’s Bay of Martaban. BANCA, a Myanmar based NGO, is working to curb hunting in that region by providing alternative livelihoods. They have had success with some ethnic groups but not others. Rakhine State, Myanmar. January.
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Shorebird hunter with Eurasian Curlew. This practice of hunting shorebirds is common throughout coastal Myanmar and Bangladesh where the majority of remaining Spoon-billed Sandpipers winter. As many as a hundred Spoon-billed Sandpipers were found this winter in Myanmar’s Bay of Martaban. BANCA, a Myanmar based NGO, is working to curb hunting in that region by providing alternative livelihoods. They have had success with some ethnic groups but not others. Rakhine State, Myanmar. January.

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