Bohai 2018 Update 1: 19 April

The GFN team is in Bohai Bay, China, to study Red Knots and Great Knots on northward migration. Chris Hassell, Adrian Boyle and Matt Slaymaker post regular updates on the Australian Global Flyway Network website. Here is the first of this season. The team reports:

Here we go again… another year and another season in the Yellow Sea!

This year your early-season correspondents are the Bohai stalwart Adrian Boyle, here for his 10th year in a row, and Matt Slaymaker, a former regular returning after a three-year break spent experimenting with a full-time ‘normal’ job.

We both arrived on the 10th and were out in the field the following day to find a good spread of Great Knots across the usual study area with smaller numbers of Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover and other species scattered through the intertidal areas and nearby saltpans……. The full report can be found at the website Global Flyway Network Australia.

Adrian Boyle Bohai April 2018
EntBar-tailed Godwit 4RRYB. This bird was banded at Broome in October 2013 and has been recorded in Bohai Bay on northward passage every year since. Photo: Adrian Boyle, taken from GFN Bohai 2018 Update 1.pdf

And an extra story! 7YRYB Great (K)not following the rules.

A short story about a Great Knot by Chris Hassell: PDF and embedded video are here.

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