On A Whimbrel & A Prayer #13
September 25, 2017
Detour before home
About 2 weeks ago, we were all expecting KS to soon be back home in Broome, but it has surprised us again with another detour.
After flying 4,900km for 6 days non-stop from North Korea, KS suddenly made a north-east turn before heading offshore from South Sulawesi, Indonesia on September 12th. Within 6 hours, KS again traveled at its maximum speed of 55kph for 330km to arrive at a reef area in South East Sulawesi.
KS has been staying at South East Sulawesi for 13 days since midnight of September 13th. Besides the beautiful coral reef and sandy beaches, it is also using farmland again. According to weather charts, there haven’t been any days with southerly winds blowing in the past 13 days. We hope KS has been able to rest and refuel with plenty of energy, ready to head back to Broome.
Let’s not forget KU – the other successful runner returning from the breeding grounds, has stayed at Yingkou, Liaoning Province for 50 days! This is the longest period for a stopover between our two Whimbrels, KS and KU, which made it to the breeding grounds.
KU appears to be in no real hurry at all for its journey home to Australia compared to the race of northward migration. In Yingkou, KU is spending time in both aquaculture ponds and intertidal mudflats.
We are also still receiving regular signals from JX and LA from Broome and Eighty Mile Beach.
Whimbrel Bonavista by Silver Leapers 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.