This part of my webpage is dedicated to my friend and colleague Heather Gibbs without whom my project would be considerably less effective and productive than it is. Heather and her dedication and constant help to me, GFN and indeed shorebirds throughout the EAAF will be sorely missed.
The idea for this section of the GFN website is to show the ecology of the study species though their ‘life histories’. Read more »
GFN now has a post-doctoral researcher Dr Tamar Lok from the University of Groningen employed to do the hard science but I want to get out to my volunteers and the wider shorebird world some of the information that the project has generated from resighting work.
I will use the ‘resighting history’ page from the GFN database and give an overview of a few different individuals. The resighting history looks a little difficult to follow at first but is really very simple. I urge you to have a look through the ones I use.
GREAT KNOT INTRODUCTION.
GFN commenced colour-banding Great Knot on January 15 2006. Great knot are one of the most numerous migratory shorebirds in the Bay. They roost in large dense flocks and are relatively easy to catch. Great Knots use all of the beaches to roost on along the northern shores and also Bush Point in the south of the Bay although we do not catch there. They do not leave the Bay after heavy rainfall like the Black-tailed Godwit but they will roost behind the mangroves on flooded saltpans. The pans can become flooded from rainfall or during the bigger spring tides. The overseas records of colour-banded Great Knot come from the coast of China including from Yalu Jiang National Nature Reserve, South Korea and we also record them in good numbers at Bohai Bay during our spring migration studies there. On southward migration there are some records from the China coast and also the west coast of Kamchatka.