Wherever they are, migratory waterbirds sense the change of the season and start a northward migration to habitats where they nest and raise their chicks. In the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF), the most intrepid traveller is the Bar-tailed Godwit, which migrates from New Zealand to Alaska (USA) as far as 15,000 km, stopping in the Yellow Sea to refuel.
#WelcomeWaterbirds is a celebration of their annual journey throughout 22 countries along the EAAF. It is inspired by the Farewell Shorebirds campaign initiated by BirdLife Australia to see them off from Australia. The migratory waterbirds are a shared asset that connects people in these countries regardless of their location, language, or country border. Wherever you are in EAAF, join us in bidding farewell or welcome to our migratory waterbirds to wish for their safe journey and successful breeding.
Central Park in Songdo, South Korea © Eugene Cheah
Let’s go out, watch bird migration with your friends and family members, and share your photograph of birdwatching to spread the fun of it and the wonder of migration to your friends and the wider world! Find more

We welcome your migratory waterbird sightings to the pages below!

Little Curlew
Grey Plover
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese and Swans)
Storks – available soon
Black-faced Spoonbill