For all their differences, Black-faced Spoonbill and Spoon-billed Sandpiper have one thing in common. Both are teetering on the brink of extinction.

Inspired by Wallace's book The Malay Archipelago, and enticed by the Spice Islands and the chance of adventure, I'm travelling to Ternate and nearby Bacan and Halmahera.

Black Kite is one of Hong Kong's most familiar birds.

Here's part 1 of a video I shot, on a trip to the Sundarbans mangrove forest in October 2009:

openbill storksVisits to openbill stork colonies in Thailand