Abaj – 3rd Update

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A strong transmission from Abaj at 15:38 on August 28th indicated that he had moved north west by about 100 kilometres.  He was still very close to his breeding grounds up until at least the night of August 25th but on August 28th several signals received showed he had moved just north of the village of Marinovskiy.

A weaker signal, still requiring verification, transmitted on August 31st places Abaj a further 60 kilometres north west near the village of Zaporozhskoye.

Reclamation of Steppe habitat for arable farming has increased significantly in central Kazakhstan during the past four years and Sociable Lapwings are taking advantage of the foraging opportunity the stubble fields provide.

Reports from the field are that the Steppe is unusually dry this year and, with the wheat harvest now in full swing, the fresh stubble fields are providing an attractive staging habitat. The temperatures in central Kazakhstan are still high and this is probably also contributing to a slow start to the migration this year. On August 27th the temperature at the study area in Korgalzhyn was 35 degrees C.

It is possible that Abaj and the flock he will be travelling with are in no hurry to migrate and are taking advantage of the the rich feeding habitat that freshly harvested wheat stubble provides.