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.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sinbad in February

Just a snapshot of Sinbads whereabouts: the coloured icons are the latest satellite locations for Sinbad. Throughout his time in Madagascar, Sinbad has really stayed in the vicinity where he first settled.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

More photos from Madagascar

Here are some more photos from Madagascar taken from a plane over Morandoava about 140 km SW of Miandrivazo where Sinbad is hanging out.  It shows the coastal forest and in showing that reveals how much of the inland forest has been lost.  You can see it if you zoom in using Google Earth, so the extent of forest loss is great enough to be seen from space.  Erosion is a huge problem in Madagascar.  It threatens the wildlife there, but in the long term also threatens the ability of subsistence farmers to feed themselves.  From Sinbad's standpoint, reduced forest probably means reduced food resources for sooty falcons in the winter.  We'll see what Sinbad does.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What Sinbad Sees

Here might be what Sinbad sees.  I got this image from Google Earth.  It was taken by a Belgian lady.  If you want to see other images from the area, you should visit her Panaramio page or;, or if you search Google Earth for "Miandrivazo", then zoom in with the photo layer box checked, then you will see other pictures by other photographers.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lazy Sindbad!

Obviously our immature falcon has no need to move too much. Still in the very same region, southwest from the capital and not far from the town Miandrivazo, where the river Tsiribinha runs through. The yellow line is 60 km long, so you get an idea of the scale of the movements. One can really say that Sinbad is quite relaxed...