Home sweet home

On 27 August Khaluf returned to Barr Al Hikman. She flew straight from the Caspian Sea to exactly the area were we caught her already two years ago. Khaluf was the last of the tracked birds that returned to Oman, the other four birds were already…

On the wings again

Today, Khaluf and Shannah have left Barr Al Hikman in a northwards direction. They are on the wings again, heading to their breeding areas! Both birds continously stayed in Barr Al Hikman for about 260 days. Now it will be very interesting…

Funky tides

Shorebirds including Bar-tailed godwits only forage when the mudflats are exposed with low tide. The tidal rhythm is caused by the combined gravitational forces of the moon and the sun and by the rotation of the earth, a simple fact. However,…

Barr Al Hikman home to bar-tailed godwits

Thanks to the transmitter data we now know that bar-tailed godwits spend a long winter at just a few square km. Not just a few square km somewhere in Oman; they returned to exactly the same area as where they were seen last year prior to their…

Welcome home Khaluf!

Khaluf returned to Barr Al Hikman on 28th July to the  area where she was caught in November 2015 and where she spends most of her time. It might feel as a home for her, so welcome home Khaluf! Khaluf was away from Barr Al Hikman for 105…

What's going on?

All migrating birds arrived in the breeding area about four weeks ago, where they moved around very little. However, last week we have seen some movements again: Hilf went up north to Bely Island, and Khaluf started to migrate south again today.…

Final jump to the breeding areas?

After a stopover of almost four weeks in Caspian Sea, transmitter bird Hilf decided yesterday evening (18 May) was time to leave and head further north into Siberia, Russia. It seems she picked a good day for migrating north as there were pretty…

Tracking Data with Argos Satellite System

By Andy Kwarteng While we are waiting for the birds to migrate (further) a bit more information on the system we are using. The Argos satellite system (www.argos-system.org) which is operated by Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) has…

MIGRATION HAS STARTED

Finally! The long anticipated migration of the bar-tailed godwits from Barr Al Hikman has commenced! After a week of favourable southern winds it just had to happen, and so it did. Just before sunset on 13 April the birds that we named Shannah…