Sunday, 24 July 2016

About to depart; latest Grey Plover update.

In the past few weeks, we continued to observe Charlie concentrating its movement around the northern shore of the lake, which is about 2km to the northeast of its nesting area. Charlie has now arrived at the nesting area for 50 days, of which 28 days were spent on laying and incubating the eggs.

Charlie’s young should now be around 3 weeks old. We expect Charlie to leave its independent young very soon and start its journey back to non-breeding area in the south. Its young will follow a few weeks later.

Let’s get ready for the southward migration excitement!

Fig 1. Movement of Charlie away from the nesting area (shaded white) in July


Day 29-49: 1st – 21st July

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
10,942km
Charlie
LLK
10,642km

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

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