The Far Eastern Curlew Project – Update #4
April 8, 2019
All together now
Here are the movements of GPS-tagged Far Eastern Curlew from Darwin in the Northern Territory, Roebuck Bay in Western Australia, and Yallock Creek in Victoria. We now have 14 operational tags from these three sites, and an additional 6 tags from Moreton Bay in Queensland. We plan on providing a full update on all tagged Curlew across Australia, we are just automating how we do this so we can quickly report on all birds as they undertake exciting migration movements!
This is a brief summary of the raw, unfiltered movements of Far Eastern Curlew from three sites.
FAR EASTERN CURLEWS IN Darwin, Northern Territory
Two Curlews, AMANDA and DAMIEN, are still in Darwin Harbour doing regular movements from East Arm Wharf to mudflats close by.
Our third Darwin Curlew, GAVIN, last transmitted on 22nd March, 2019 so may be out of phone reception. Here is its last position from Amami, Japan when the tag was communicating with us. Watch this space
Far Eastern Curlews in Broome, Western Australia
All of the Far Eastern Curlews tagged in Broome are on migration and are making their way through Asia!
The tag for INKA has also come back online since the last report.
Far eastern Curlews in Koo Wee Rup, Victoria
Two of the Curlew from Victoria – KOO and WEE – are still positioned on the Yellow Sea in China.
The third Curlew from Victoria, RUP, had a very rough go over the last few weeks!
RUP left Yallock Creek left VIC on 15th March, 2019 but took a path over Mildura, Victoria, over the Lake Frome and Lake Eyre regions of South Australia then up through central Australia into the Northern Territory where it flew over Barkly Station and continued north over the western Top End.
This bird made landfall on 17th March, 2019 along the banks of Mann River, south of Maningrida in the Northern Territory. It then flew east towards Milingimbi and stopped at the Crocodile Islands for a few days. Its next few positions were from the Gulf of Carpentaria on 22nd March, 2019 – exactly when Tropical Cyclone Trevor (category 4) was heading towards Borroloola. It then made landfall on the coast just north of Karumba. A week later it flew east over Queensland to the wet tropics area, where it was close to Cairns. But it flew further south and then touched down just behind the Townsville Town Common where it has been ever since! It has been moving between this wetland and the intertidal area of Bushland Beach, just north-west of Townsville.
Thanks go to the National Environment Science Programme Threatened Species Recovery Hub, Darwin Port, Larrakia Nation and the Larrakia Indigenous People whose land we work on, The Australasian Wader Studies Group, The Victorian Wader Study Group, Wader Quest, Charles Darwin University, the Yawuru People via the offices of Nyamba Buru Yawuru Limited for permission to catch birds on the shores of Roebuck Bay, traditional lands of the Yawuru people, and all the enthusiastic volunteers that put their time into catching and resighting birds.
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Photographs of Far Eastern Curlews by Amanda Lilleyman. Used with permission © 2019.
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