After an absence of any firm location data for nearly one month, Erzhan announced his presence again this weekend when we received a new transmission confirming he has left Kazakhstan, passed through Russia and Georgia and has now arrived, right on cue, in Eastern Turkey. On Sunday October 3rd he was close to the town of Patnos some 30k. north of the Van Golu lake.
Researchers from Dogna Dernegi (BirdLife in Turkey) that are already monitoring Sociable Lapwing flocks in the area have been alerted to his presence and are now looking for him and the group of lapwings he is travelling with. We aim to bring you news of this search in the next few days and confirmation of whether or not they were able to relocate him before he moved on to the next stage of his amazing journey.