Awaiting the spring
The winter continues. Most of the birds fitted with our devices spend it in far and wormer countries. For us it is time for intensive preparations towards the upcoming breeding season. Improvements of our loggers are being tested as the so far implemented solutions prove quite successful in the field. The loggers register data within the configured routine and the only obstacle observed seems to be the lack of gsm coverage in some areas, for which there is little we can do.
We are facing the above mentioned situation in case of the Russian Ospreys which hid somewhere in desolated places in Egypt and Angola, although once in a while they manage to transmit some signs of life. Without any problems work the devices fitted on an Egyptian Vulture in Oman (4407 fixes for over a year now) and a Steppe Eagle named Ada from Russia, currently wintering in Ethiopia (2860 fixes since the summer). To our content, not only in warm and sunny regions do our loggers manage to work continuously. Also in harsh winter conditions of our latitudes the latest models send data on daily basis. The Czech White-tailed Eagle (2735 fixes since May 2016) sends data regularly, although with not as impressive frequency, wintering in Poland. The same goes for his Russian colleague, which through the Belarus traveled to the Ukraine (1533 fixes since last summer). Slightly different is the situation of the older models of ours, although it is their second winter on these latitudes - the Estonian Common Buzzard named Kordian (1702 fixes since September 2015) stopped working in Poland, although we hope he will be back soon, as is the case of another White-tailed Eagle from Russia named Vlad, who spent his second winter in a "gsm-less" place in Russia and has just resumed sending data after re-entering the gsm coverage zone (2520 fixes since the summer 2015).
In January another Steppe Eagle has been tagged with our logger. It is a 2-year-old bird which soon should migrate to his breeding territories. This year we will try to share his migration map on our site. Information on his movements can also be followed on the Egyptian Vulture blog page.
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