Both Boris and Shirin have made it back to Kazakhstan, and are now looking for a place to settle for breeding.
Turan Çetin, working for Doğa Derneği (BirdLife Turkey), gives us a personal account of what a typical day in the field is like…
Five birds tracked in five different countries, as the western flock moves further south.
In an unexpected turn of events, Irina reappears!
The exciting start of this year’s Sociable Lapwing autumn migration sees two of our four tagged birds heading towards Turkey and the Middle East, while the others make their way down to Turkmenistan.
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.
All three of our satellite-tagged Sociable Lapwings are still transmitting strong signals. Of note is the particularly fast migration south by Irina who is now in Eastern Turkey.
Birders following The Amazing Journey have sent us several recent reports confirming that Sociable Lapwings are now on the move again and have started their long migrations back from their wintering grounds.