Locations wanted for Regent Honeyeater in summer

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Subject: Locations wanted for Regent Honeyeater in summer
From: Dean Ingwersen <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:58:30 +0000
Hi Peter,

Yes, unfortunately the size of a Regent Honeyeater means it is still too small 
to wear appropriate tracking equipment.  The biggest Regent weighs around 45 
grams, and according to ethics guidelines no species is to be fitted with a 
transmitter (including harness or other affixing material) weighing more than 
5% of its body weight - which for the heaviest Regent is 2.25 grams.  
Unfortunately the smallest satellite tracking transmitter weighs 5 grams.

They can comfortably wear radio-transmitters, and we use these for tracking 
birds post-release during our captive releases. They weigh about 1.9 grams when 
fitted, but these have a range of 1km at most and need to be 'manually'  
monitored by an observer.  They also only last about 12 weeks before the 
battery goes flat.

The other thing we've considered are geolocators like those used on Ruddy 
Turnstones a few years ago by VWSG.  But these need to be recaptured for 
download (for Regents this would only be 1 in 10 banded birds which are 
resighted, and this can take up to 10 years!), and they only have an accuracy 
of +/- 100km from memory...which reduces their effectiveness.  And there is no 
'realtime' data streaming anyway.

Hope that explains it.

Cheers, Dean

How come we can track godwits across the ocean but we can't track honeyeaters
these relatively short distances? Are they too small to carry the necessary

Peter Shute

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