Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New tracking information on sooty falcons from Oman

Information on sooty falcons being tracked via radar since autumn 2013 can be seen at this site

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bad news again

Hi all,

I am afraid to tell you that the transmitter of Sinbad is very probably sending from the very same spot since quite some time. It's David Douglas who gave me the hint to check the activity sensor of the bird and indeed, the activity sensor is not showing any activity anymore. This means that a) the bird is dead but the transmitter is still exposed to the sun and is therefore still sending signals (and the movements we saw is just a dispersion of ARGOS errors) or b) the bird lost the transmitter and the device is lying on the ground, exposed to the sun.

I am really sorry but very obviously we will not be able to follow the spring migration of Sinbad!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sinbad still in Madagascar

Hi all,

still no signs for migratory activity of Sinbad. It is still staying in the very same region and shows no signs of restlessness, i.e. enlarging the area or moving longer distances from one location to the other. Now the question arises, if Sinbad will leave Madagascar at all? Maybe it stays there until the next wet season? Latest observations of Sooties in Madagascar are of 14th of May (F. Hawkins pers. comm.), so this will be a late bird, it if starts migrating only now....

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sheba shot in the DRC!!!

I am sorry that I have to post these sad news here, but very obviously Sheba was shot in the Democratic Republic of the Congo!

I was informed that a bird was shot by a hunter in the east of the DRC carrying the transmitter with the ID 94499. Since then, no more news on the issue although I asked for more information of the exact location, etc.

So we definitely lost our bird, which was not even lucky enough to reach its wintering grounds for the first time in its life. In my opinion this is proof of what happens to birds on migration. If it's not habitat destruction or pesticides, it is illegal shooting. What a sad story!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Nothing new from Sinbad

Sinbad is still in the same area where it has been staying since its arrival in Madagascar. As soon as it starts to move we'll follow its way back to......?

Monday, March 14, 2011

The end of the wet season is near...

The end of the wet season in Madagascar is near, and I suppose that Sinbad will soon be returning to its natal area or......summering somewhere in Africa. Until April or the beginning of May he'll probably stay in this area. The green dots indicate the latest sites where it has been located by satellite.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Landscape of wintering grounds of Sinbad

Here is another picture from near where Sinbad is staying.  You can see both the intesive agricultural pressure and the effects of erosion.