This is the fifth year the AWSG’s North-west Australia Waders and Terns Expedition team has fitted satellite transmitters on migratory waders. Five 5g transmitters were fitted on Little Curlew with the hope for more success to compare to the previous studies in 2013 and 2015; and five 2g transmitters were, for the first time in history, deployed on Oriental Pratincole.
Photo 1: Flocks of Oriental Pratincole at Anna Plains Station, NW Australia. (Credit: Bob Brinkman)
Meanwhile, the two satellite transmitters which were deployed on Whimbrels during the 2017 NWA Expedition are still transmitting. We are, therefore, anticipating to send out combined updates on all 3 species in the coming migratory and breeding season.
Since deployment of the transmitter 2 of the Oriental Pratincole has already departed Australia, one currently at Borneo and one in Cambodia.
Figure 1: Oriental Pratincole SHE’s migration track to Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
Figure 2: Oriental Pratincole SEC’s migration track to Borneo
The full 1st report (1-Mar) can be downloaded here.
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