Dinara, an adult female Sociable Lapwing tagged in May 2010 at Birlik in central Kazakhstan, was tracked spending at least ten days in the Indus valley in Pakistan (probably to refuel after an exhausting flight over high mountain passes in N Afghanistan) but has now moved on and reached a traditional Sociable Lapwing wintering area, the Great Rann of Kutch – a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and the Sindh province of Pakistan.
Two days ago Dinara was still in Pakistan at 24.667N, 70.578E, very close to the Indian border. It is likely that she is now going to winter in the area (maybe crossing the border into Gujarat in India) as nearly all recent regional winter records of Sociable Lapwings have from the Rann of Kutch.
This is being hailed as a huge success for the ‘The Amazing Journey’ project and its partners, as we have now tracked a bird from the breeding grounds to a wintering area on the Indian subcontinent for the very first time.
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