Terek sandpipers

A bird species that hadn’t been seen in Libya for nearly 15 years made a surprising return on May 14.

The Libyan Organization for Conservation of Nature confirmed this is the third time the Terek sandpiper has ever been spotted in Libya and the first in the Western region.

The previous records were both in the eastern parts of the country in 2008.

The species was spotted by the Organization's team while on a trip it conducted in coordination with the Misrata Environmental Affairs Monitor to the wetlands in Misrata.

Two Terek sandpipers were spotted looking for food in Sabkhat Qasr Ahmed of Misrata, which the organization said was of international and national importance.

The bird isn’t usually observed further than eastern Egypt, as it is rarely spotted in Libya and Tunisia and goes absent in Algeria, according to the organization.

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