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Thursday, May 10, 2018

1-10 May 2018

Well, it seems like 162312 has settled into a summering area, which is very remote.  Its about 90 km NNW of Baykonyr, Kazakhstan.  It's hard to say much about this area except that it seems very remote.  Looking at Google Maps its hard to find nearby active towns or even roads, and I had to zoom out quite a bit to find a recognisable geographic feature, the Aral Sea, which is about 400 km SW of where this bird has settled.

We haven't heard from the other steppe eagle for a while.  Presumably it has been in an area with no GSM network.  Hopefully, it will be heard from soon, and at least at the end of the summer when it starts autumn migration.

Apparent summering location of steppe eagle 162312

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Late April for 162312

Movements of a Steppe Eagle during the last week of April, 2018.

162312's pace of migration has slowed, and perhaps it has settled into a summering area about 175 km SW of the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Early April for 162312

The Steppe eagle that wintered in central Saudi Arabia (162312) is now (9April) in SW Kazakhstan about 100 km NE of the town of Ayteke Bi.  The map below shows its movements since 1 April, when it was south of Tehran.  It then moved NE, right through the middle of the Aral Sea.  On the scale of the migration this is "near" to where it spent last summer, but we'll have to wait to see where it settles.  I haven't heard from 105 in 10 days or so.  I guess it might just be in a place where there is no network.

Movements of Steppe eagle 16

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Habitat around Abha, Saudi Arabia

Steppe eagle 105 is well on its way to summering areas (last heard in Uzbekistan south of the Aral Sea), but here are some pictures from the area where it wintered, near Abha, Saudi Arabia, courtesy of Jeremy Babbington.  Jeremy was there last week and there were still some Steppe eagles around.

I'll wait a few more days to update on the movements of Steppe eagle 105, in the hope that he "phones home".  I did hear from the other Steppe eagle we are tracking, 162312, which wintered in central Saudi Arabia.  It has made steady and rapid progress and is in Turkmenistan at the moment.

Photo by J Babbington
Photo by J Babbington

Photo by J Babbington

Photo by J Babbington

Photo by J Babbington

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Both Steppe eagles on migration

I'd been waiting to have more information on the eagle movements before blogging, and now almost a month has past.

Steppe eagle 105 spent the early part of the month on the border between Iran and Iraq (see previous blog post).  On about 8 March it started to migrate, but apparently because of lack of GSM network, it did not upload data.  The next time we heard from it was on 20 March, and by that time it was in Turkmenistan.  During 20-22 March it continued northward into Uzbekistan, and we received our last location south of the Aral Sea near Muynak.  Since then it has probably gone into another GSM hole and we have not heard from it.  Nor has it had a chance to upload the data from the trip between Iraq and Turkmenistan.  The map below shows the data we have to date.

Movements of Steppe eagle 139 during March 2018.
Steppe eagle 162312 finally made a move, too.  On 27 March it left the area of central Saudi Arabia, where it had spent the winter of 2017-18, and started on migration.  By 29 September it had already reached southern Iran, about 30 km west of the town of Shush (See map below)>.

The movements of Steppe eagle 162312 as it starts on its spring migration.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Steppe eagle migration has started

On 17 February one of the Steppe eagles (105) we have been tracking for just over a year left its wintering area in SW Saudi Arabia and started on migration.  In doing so, it leap frogged over the other Steppe eagle we are tracking, which is still at its wintering location in central Saudi Arabia.  105 arrived on its wintering area (which included a rubbish dump) in mid October, so spent about four months there (if you want to look back at what that bird did over the winter, you'll have to visit https://egyptianvultureoman.blogspot.co.at.  Since leaving its wintering area, it has travelled about 1600 km.  Currently it is in southern Iraq on the border with Iran.  It is quite close to the Iranian town of Abadan.

I guess that the other Steppe eagle will start moving soon, so revisit this site to keep up with the progress of both.
Steppe eagle 105 (red) started its migration on 16 February.  162312 (blue) has yet to start migrating.

Monday, February 12, 2018

New Blog! January and early February 2018

Because we were successful in fitting 13 Egyptian vultures (and one Spotted eagle-Lesser spotted eagle hybrid) with GPS transmitters in Oman in January 2018, we have decided to create a separate blog just for the eagles we are tracking.  If you want to go back to see what the eagles did before this blog existed (i.e. during 2017), you'll have to visit the Egyptian vulture blog   If you are particularly interested in these eagles, you may want to follow this blog by clicking on the button to the right of this post or follow us by email (See also to the right of this post.).

The map below shows the movements of the two eagles since they were first fitted with transmitters in Oman in January 2017.

Movements of two Steppe eagles during Jan 2017 (Oman)-Jan 2018 (Saudi Arabia).
My last blog about the Steppe eagles was on 26 December 2017.  Since that time, the eagles have remained in the area of the rubbish dumps at which they have spent the whole of the winter so far.  One eagle, 105, has spent the winter near the town of Abha, in SW Saudi Arabia, and the other, 162312, has spent its winter NNE of Riyadh, in central Saudi Arabia.

Movements of Steppe eagle 105 during the winter of 2017-18 near Abha, Saudi Arabia.

Movements of Steppe eagle 162312 in central Saudi Arabia, north of Riyadh.