Satellite-tracked Amur Falcon escaped from hell

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Subject: Satellite-tracked Amur Falcon escaped from hell
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Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:53:06 +1100
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Subject: [AfricanBirding] Satellite-tracked Amur Falcon escaped from hell


Dear all,

One of our satellite-tracked Amur Falcons, an adult female, was fitted with
a 5g tag in early January 2010 in South Africa. This spring it was tracked
for the third time over the Indian Ocean to its breeding grounds some 470
kms west of Peking in China. It left the area during the first half of
October to arrive on 4 November at Doyang reservoir in eastern India, now
world famous for the slaughter of theses small falcons - see
120,000-140,000 birds are estimated to be killed every year at this largest
congregation anywhere in the world.

Please sign a petition:

Our bird had already visited the area last autumn.

We had again anxious days. Would the female survive? Finally on 14 November
she left the area to start crossing the Indian Ocean on 17 November some 400
kms south of Mumbai (Bombay). This is further south than in the previous

We just received the last fix for 20 November 6.47 h (GMT), when she was
only  240 kms from the coast of Somalia in East Africa. Two years ago she
arrived in Somalia on 21 November and on  22 November in 2011. The crossing
of the ocean occurs considerably further south this year.

After almost three years, this falcon must be the world champion as for
long-term satellite tracking of a small bird with a 5 g PTT.

Best wishes,

Bernd Meyburg
Christiane Meyburg
Rina Pretorius

P.S.: We apologise for not always beeing able to respond to the requests we
receive regarding telemetry. We have to do ornithology in our very limited
spare time.

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