Time to focus on breeding
Although overall data has been quite poor over the last two weeks when compared to previous tag performance, we do have enough information to suggest that SHE and SEC are still on their breeding grounds. From the raw data it is difficult to say confidently whether they are actually in nesting phase or are still choosing a suitable patch to make a nest. SEP has likely made his way to his 2019-breeding site in the last week or so – Yes, from feather samples taken at the time of fitting the satellite tag, we can confirm that SEP is a he, (SHE and SEC DNA sexing not yet completed). Many thanks to Marcel Klaassen and his team from Deakin University for their assistance with DNA sexing analysis for this project.
News from Taiwan
As an extra special addition to this update our Taiwanese colleagues have provided us with information of a nesting attempt in the Xinying District, complete with photos and video footage. Many thanks to CHEN Chien-an for providing these.