Australian Wader Study Group (AWSG) has been experimenting with the use of satellite transmitters for tracking the migration of shorebirds visiting North West Australia since November 2013 when five 5g satellite transmitters were deployed on Little Curlew in Roebuck Bay, Broome. A further three transmitters were put onto Little Curlew at 80 Mile Beach in February 2015. The target species was then switched to Grey Plover in February 2016, with five units again being deployed at Broome.
It was decided to extend the satellite transmitter program to Whimbrel in 2017, with five 5g units being deployed at both 80 Mile Beach (one bird) and at Broome (four birds). In addition, recently released 2g transmitters, developed by Microwave Telemetry Inc. (MTI), were deployed on five Grey- tailed Tattler at 80 Mile Beach. This was carried out during the NWA 2017 Expedition, in February 2017.
This year (2019) the tracking project has been extended to include Oriental Pratincoles (five birds) and further Little Curlews (five birds).
Wader Quest receives regular updates from AWSG. These will be added to this page, see below, and we will let you know about them through social media.
AWSG – satellite tagging waders updates 2020
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Update #4 (2020)