The third run

It was thrilling to see Whimbrel LA started its third northward migration and made it safe to land in Southern China once again.

LA’s exact departure time from Eighty Mile Beach was unknown. It happened sometime between the evening of 20 April and the morning of 22 April when the transmitter was switched off. As signals came through on 22 April evening, LA was already over 1,200km away from Eighty Mile Beach, flying above West Nusa Tengara, Indonesia. Two days later, LA was still flying continuously over Palawan, the Philippines. Finally, on 27 April, LA ended its 4,783km flight crossing the globe and landed near Shantou City, Guangdong Province, China.

LA’s third journey from Eighty Mile Beach to Southern China (small map showing landing locations in different year)