Jun

15

2021

Zipping from Broome to Taiwan UPDATE

Zipping from Broome to Taiwan

Do you remember this story?

You can click on the title above to remind yourselves or the short version is;

I saw a bird then Weiting Liu saw the same bird in Taiwan (not unusual with the great array of skilled observers spread throughout the EAAF.)

The story finished with ‘So, a minimum of 4,720 km in a maximum of 89 hours. Minimum speed of 53 km/hr. Nothing out of the ordinary for a migratory shorebird.

Will our luck continue and will the bird be seen again on its 2021 northward migration? Well it has been recorded in Nanpu, Bohai Bay, China in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

So, over to you Katherine and the Bohai Team 2021.’

Did they see it?

Of course they did!

24-04-2021 Tzu-Hu, Chin-Men County (24.47, 118.32) Taiwan. Weiting Liu, Image

27-05-2021 NAN PU OIL RIG SITE (39.06, 118.22) China. Cai Shang Xiao (Rainy) GFN Team 2021

30-05-2021 NAN PU OIL RIG SITE (39.06, 118.22) China. Katherine Leung GFN Team 2021

31-05-2021 NAN PU OIL RIG SITE (39.06, 118.22) China. Katherine Leung GFN Team 2021

That’s only a 1,620 km flight in a direct line, just 30 hours of flying for a Red Knot so it probably stopped elsewhere between Kinmen and Nanpu as there is a months’ time gap.

Great work GFN Team 2021.

A full report detailing the northward migration field work season in Bohai Bay 2021 will be out soon.

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