On A Whimbrel & A Prayer #12
September 10, 2017
Long-haul flight home
One of our Whimbrels is on its way back from the breeding grounds! After staying and replenishing in North Korea for 23 days, KS made its move on the evening of September 6th.
KS has flown 3,671km non-stop for 4 days already and is currently located between Borneo and the Philippines. With the aid of southerly winds, KS has flown south with an average speed of 38kph. Satellite signals received on 8th September, show KS averaging a speed of 55kph for 5 hours during the flight (Figure 1.)!
KS is currently about 2,500km away from Broome. If it continues to fly without stopping, it is expected to be home within 3 days time.
Meanwhile, KU is spending its 35th day at Yingkou, Liaoning Province. We are expecting it to start migrating south very soon like KS. We are still receiving regular signals from JX and LA from Broome and Eighty Mile Beach.
Another update will be sent out as soon as KS reaches home.
Whimbrel’s Shadow – Numenius phaeopus by Ingrid Taylar via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]
Whimbrel flock flying by ALAN SCHMIERER via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]
All figures and tables prepared by Katherine Leung for the AWSG. Written by Katherine Leung for the AWSG. Edited and published with permission by Amellia Formby for Wing Threads © 2018.