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After the excitement of the unpredictable and interesting journeys this project has treated us to so far, this week has been ‘uneventful’ overall.
No sooner had it appeared that all four Oriental Pratincoles were settling down to breed, when two birds have flown long distances in opposite directions!
All 22 Far Eastern Curlew tagged in Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Victoria in 2018/19 are now on migration.
Over the past week, a second satellite-tagged Oriental Pratincole has made a major migration flying to Taiwan.
The first of the three Little Curlews fitted with satellite transmitters by the Australasian Wader Studies Group has begun its northward migration!
One of the Oriental Pratincoles has made the big move to India, while the other three remain in Cambodia. Where will they go next!
With the exception of three birds, all of the satellite-tagged Far Eastern Curlews are now on migration and making their way through Asia.
In March the Victorian Wader Studies Group fitted 60 Red-necked Stints and 10 Curlew Sandpipers with geolocators at Yallock Creek on Westernport Bay.
Another Oriental Pratincole has moved to mainland Asia, bring all four birds together as ‘almost neighbours’.