Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Australia Wader Study Group Grey Plover update: Grey Plovers Check-in at the Arctic Circle!

Nad and Charlie are both in the Arctic Circle!

Nad’s and Charlie’s migration route to the Arctic Circle

Nad has made an additional 2,690km flight in the past 2 days reaching the North-east part of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic in Russia. It has been travelling quite fast with average speed of 52kph which could possibly as a result of favourable wind direction.

Nad’s landing location in the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Russia

A closer look at Nad’s landing location suggests that it is an area with streams leading from mountains in the west to a main river in the east.

On the other hand, Charlie has made another 600km move over the past 48 hours and landed in an area surrounded by lakes.

Charlie’s landing location
We are yet to know whether these 2 locations are Nad’s and Charlie’s final breeding site. In the coming days when we have received enough data to observe their “local movement” patterns, we’ll then be able to confirm whether they are nesting or not.

The migration route of our birds is shown in the map below:

Ecosure (white), Mymi (red), Nad (blue) and Charlie (orange)
Distance travelled by our Grey Plover since departing Broome:
Name
Leg Flag
Distance travelled
Ecosure
LLA
4,650km
Mymi
LLH
4,300km
Nad
LLJ
10,325km
Charlie
LLK
10,405km

The Grey Plover project team:
Katherine Leung
Clive Minton
Ken Gosbell
Chris Hassell
Grace Maglio
Inka Veltheim
Maureen Christie
30 May 2016

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Australian Wader Study Group Grey Plover update NÂș10.

Both Nad and Charlie on the move!

Over the past few days both Nad and Charlie have finally departed Bohai Bay and on the way to breeding ground.


Charlie is officially our first Grey Plover in Russia! After staying in northern Bohai Bay for 11 days, Charlie decided to make a move on the evening of 24th May and cross the Chinese-Russian boarder at mid-night pn the 25th May. Over the past 3 days, it has already travelled over 3,000km towards the Arctic Circle with average speed of 46kph. We hope Charlie will soon lead us to the breeding ground thus helping to provide information towards solving another of the key objectives of this project.

Charlie’s migration route to Russia

On the other hand, Nad, which has been “stationary” at Bohai Bay since the 25th April, departed 2 days later than Charlie. It has, however, only migrated the much shorter distance of 830km and landed at an inland wetland area in western Jilin Province, China. Charlie and Nad are now more than 2,400km apart.STOP PRESSNad has also landed in Russia this morning!!! Both of our Grey Plovers have made it to the breeding ground! 29th May

Nad’s departure from Bohai Bay

Meanwhile, CYB, the South Australia Grey Plover carrying satellite transmitters put on by Maureen Christie and the FoSSE team had also departed Bohai Bay on 27th May after staying in the same area for more than a month. CYA is currently still at the coast of Jiangsu Province.

Locations of South Australia Grey Plovers

The migration route of our birds is shown in the map below:
Ecosure (white), Mymi (red), Nad (blue) and Charlie (orange)



Fantastic!!!

Distance travelled by our Grey Plover since departing Broome:
Name
Leg Flag
Distance travelled
Ecosure
LLA
4,650km
Mymi
LLH
4,300km
Nad
LLJ
7,640km
Charlie
LLK
9,720km

The Grey Plover project team:
Katherine Leung
Clive Minton
Ken Gosbell
Chris Hassell
Grace Maglio
Inka Veltheim
Maureen Christie
Tony Flaherty
Reece Pedler
Roger Standen
Roz Jessop
Graham Parkyn
Eric Miller
Ila Marks
Vivien Holyoake
28 May 2016

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

STOP PRESS: First Australian Grey Plover tracked to Russia.

We have just heard from the team that are following the Grey Plover migration that for the first time ever an Australian Grey Plover has been proven to migrate as far as Russia. This message for Katherine Leung of the team:

One of our satellite tracked Grey Plovers, Charlie, is now in Russia! Charlie is the first Australian Grey Plover to be "officially recorded" in Russia and is also the first among the Broome and South Australia satellite tagged Grey Plovers to reach Russia. 

Charlie departed from Bohai Bay last night, crossing the Chinese-Russian boarder at mid-night and is still migrating this morning heading towards the sea of Okhotsk near Sahkalin peninsular. In 2 days time when the transmitter send its next signal, we'll know when it finally lands.

We will bring your the full report with maps when we receive it.

'Charlie' the Grey Plover had his transmitter fitted in Australia and has now arrived in Russia.
Photo: Nigel Jackett