Paul Donald, Principal Conservation Scientist at the RSPB, tells us more about the autumn surveys in Turkmenistan.
Sanjar’s migration takes him deep into Saudi Arabia, while the other birds on the western flyway are not far behind.
Vyan crosses the Caspian Sea to join the other birds on the western route.
Both Boris and Shirin have made it back to Kazakhstan, and are now looking for a place to settle for breeding.
The amazing journey continues as Shirin reaches Africa.
Five birds tracked in five different countries, as the western flock moves further south.
With Spring in the air – Boris, Irina and Ainur, the three Sociable Lapwings we fitted with satellite tags in Kazakhstan last summer, have all left their wintering areas and are now on the way back to their breeding grounds.
“Two thousand and fourteen will be another challenging year for the field workers, conservationists and champions supporting the Sociable Lapwing conservation programme. I wish you all Good Luck.” Richard Porter – BirdLife Middle East Advisor.
Each spring since April 2009, Nature Iraq has conducted ornithological survey expeditions in and around the vast arid western and central deserts of Iraq, hoping to find Sociable Lapwings that might be passing through the country on their northerly migration back to Kazakhstan.