On A Whimbrel & A Prayer #6
July 9, 2017
Congratulations to KS!
Six weeks have passed since KS arrived at the breeding grounds. Over the past few weeks we have begun to observe some movement away from its nesting area, suggesting it has newly hatched young!
In the previous ‘Updates’ we’ve seen KS settle down at its nesting location in week 2 (Figures 1a. & 1b.). Whimbrel incubation takes about 4 weeks, with both parents sharing the duty.
Starting from the 4th week, KS began to move between its nesting location and another location about 12km south-west (Figure 1c.). On the 5th week, it even left the nesting location for a week and forage in an area with small lakes about 40km north-east (Figure 1d.), which is an obvious indication that its young has hatched.
In Week 6, KS came back to the nesting area with occasional movement to the same area in the south-west where it visited in Week 4. It will take another month for KS’s young to fledge and it is expected that KS and its partner will stay around to take care of their offspring.
Based on KU’s movements, it looks as though it is still incubating its eggs. Let’s hope we can observe similar movement of KU away from the nesting location in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, we still receive regular signals from both LA (at Eighty Mile Beach) and JX (at Palawan, the Philippines).
Whimbrel at the ferry at Delta by Nigel 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.