As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Regent honeyeaters' mysterious journey to be tracked with cutting-edge tech

Posted Sun at 8:06am
When Leslie Kelly heard an unusual bird call in her western Sydney garden, it was a delightful surprise to find it coming from a critically endangered bird released hundreds of kilometres away.
Key points:
Three hundred birds have been part of the regent honeyeater captive release program, but researchers are still unsure of the path the birds are taking
Bird 'backpacks' with satellite tracking tech weighing just two grams are about to be deployed
Researchers needed to wait for transmitter technology to develop to fit a bird which weighs between 35 to 50 grams
The sighting of a male regent honeyeater earlier this month, nestled among backyard grevillea and callistemon at Oxley Park, is another promising sign of recovery for the species being closely watched following a captive release program in north-east Victoria.
A photo of the Oxley Park bird capturing banding on its legs shows it had travelled at least 463 kilometres since its 2017 release in the Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park.
This bird now boasts the fourth longest movement recorded for the captive release program, of which over 300 birds have been part of.
But researchers are still unsure of the path these small birds are taking to achieve such long journeys.

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