Friday, April 2, 2010
I posted about these birds a couple of times last year after I saw Ruddy Turnstones at Inskip Point. The first one I saw had been flagged at Flinders Island by the VWSG. There is some very interesting work being done down that way tracking these birds on their migration by using geolocators. The first report has just been released and it makes for fascinating reading. I won't repeat the details apart from the fact that "four birds flew nonstop 7,600 km. from Flinders to Taiwan in just over six days". Amazing! The authors of the report say that their research is to be published in the April edition of the International Wader Study Group Bulletin.