On A Whimbrel & A Prayer #10
August 12, 2017
Seeing is believing
“Well we don’t need to wait until JX’s PTT [satellite transmitter] turns on again….” said Chris Hassell and Kerry Hadley at Wader Beach, Roebuck Bay, Broome – JX is the first Whimbrel back home! (Header photo)
It was a real excitement to see JX appear at Roebuck Bay (12:01pm) well before we received the signal from the satellite transmitter later in the same afternoon (15:21pm).
JX was spotted roosting at Wader Beach during high tide, mixing with a flock of Knots, Godwits, and Sandpipers. JX is looking a bit thin (abdominal profile = 2) after the continuous flight from Indonesia (Figure 1.).
In order to reach Broome at 12:01pm on 12th August, JX made a second 1,091km flight from Bima, Indonesia. Based on the last signal JX sent from Bima at 19:00 on 10th August, JX could have either stayed at Bima for a short while, or it flew directly back to Broome. If JX maintained its speed at 41.3kph as per its earlier flight from Palawan to Bima, it could have reached Broome on 11th August at around 21:00 (even before I was typing Project Update #9)!
Observation from the field shows that the satellite transmitter and antenna are still in the perfect position. Given the sunny weather in Broome, the transmitter must have been well charged by solar power to show us JX’s movement around the Bay after it came home.
JX is now in the good hands (eyes) of the Broome local birdwatchers. After such an amazing journey, we hope JX will replenish and continue to thrive in Roebuck Bay.
It would of course be even better if JX’s transmitter continues to work until the 201 migration season!
JX on Wader Beach, Roebuck Bay, Broome by Kerry Hadley. Used with permission © 2017.
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.