Tracking the Oriental Pratincole – Update #4
March 26, 2019
Meet-up on the mainland
Three of the four Oriental Pratincoles are now in Mainland Southeast Asia, SEC and SHE in Cambodia, and SEP in Thailand. SUN is now in East Malaysia. While SHE remains in the Tonle Sap Lake floodplains, SEC, SEP and SUN are currently located in areas of intensive agricultural use.
Oriental Pratincoles on the move
Across the border
Leg Flag SUN (PTT 83591)
Between the 13th and 23rd March, SUN has travelled approximately 570km and is now in the Sri Aman District of East Malaysia, 26km west of the town of Sri Aman (Malay translation – “Town of Peace”), which is situated on the Lupar River. This District consists of highly modified, agricultural land trading in palm oil, rubber, pepper and timber.
This location is approximately 2540km from the release site at 80 Mile Beach in North West Australia.
A big push further north
Leg Flag SEP (PTT 83593)
In our last report, SEP was located in the populated Pati Regency, Central Java, Indonesia on the 12th March.
Since then, SEP has flown approximately 2600km north from this location to the Khan Thale So District, Nakhon Ratchasima Province of Thailand (Figure 3a.).
Again, SEP is in an area dominated by agricultural use, 3.5km west of the town of Nong Suang Figure 3b.).
Still roosting on Tonle Sap Lake
Leg Flag SHE (PTT 83595)
Four weeks in and SHE continues to inhabit the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, Cambodia and seems to be utilising a relatively small area available to it (Figure 4.). We are yet to see if this bird will remain here to breed.
A short trip into town
SEC (PTT 83596)
When we last caught up with SEC on the 15th of March, it was positioned 23km off the coast near the Vietnam-Cambodian border (Figure 5a.).
Five days later, SEC flew a further 190km north and is now located 40km north-east of Phnom Penh in the Prey Veng Province, Cambodia (Figures 5b. and 5c.). This province is considered the “great green belt” of Cambodia, where agriculture and aquaculture dominate and less than 4% of the original native vegetation remains.
SEC is approximately 3840km from the release site at 80 Mile Beach in North West Australia.
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Oriental Pratincole portrait by UdayKiran28 via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA-4.0].
Oriental Pratincole in flight by Robert Bush. Used with permission © 2019.
Google map images prepared by Grace Maglio for the AWSG. Written by Grace Maglio for the AWSG. Edited and published with permission by Amellia Formby for Wing Threads © 2019.