Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sinbad made it!
Finally, Sinbad arrived in its wintering area, Madagascar! The bird arrived on 18 December on the edge of the high plateau of Madagascar and has been staying there at an altitude of 700-1000m since. Unfortunately we did not receive signals during the crossing of the Mozambique Channel. All we know is that the bird was still on African mainland on 16 December.
I am a little anxious that the transmitter fitted to Sheba might have given up sending signals because it has been 10 days since the transmitter was last located by the satellite. We need to wait now to see if there are new signals in the coming days. At the moment we can still be optimistic because the lack of signals can be due to numerous causes (e.g., bad weather, the bird roosting in the shade all day, battery power low, etc.).