Wind, snow and some new loggers

 It has been a while since my last post. We’ve had a few camping sessions up in Raurejaure, under very chilly conditions. Hard, cold winds (~7 Bft), from time to time brightened with some snow, hail or regular showers…. Hence, not the ideal conditions for catching. Still, I managed to get two more skua geolocators, making a total of three now – all with three full tracks back and forth all the way down to the Benguela current, which is off Namibia/South-Africa. Impressive journeys!

The coming days seem to hold good weather. As the Long-tailed Skuas eggs are about to hatch,  now is the last time to easily catch adults on the nest. Hope it will work out!

We’ve read a dozen Golden Plover colour rings (have to determine the exact number yet) and a single Dunlin. With the entire wader team missing, we’ve only found very few wader nests, so I am afraid we will not get a good estimate of predation rates on wader nests for this year. We did find some in Gelmetje though; see below for one bird staying put on the nest, entirely relying on its camouflage.

There is a bird somewhere on this picture. See if you can find it!
There is a bird somewhere on this picture. See if you can find it!
A horrible sight: a bare-legged skua...
A horrible sight: a bare-legged skua…
This looks nicer than it actually was, in terms of temperature and humidity.
This looks nicer than it actually was, in terms of temperature and humidity.
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4 thoughts on “Wind, snow and some new loggers

  1. Åke Lindström June 22, 2014 / 7:58 am

    Congrats Rob to your new loggers. I guess there are more readers than I who envy you for spending day after day roaming the magnificent montane tundra. And remember: “Det finns inget dåligt väder, bara dåliga kläder”.

    [There is no bad weather, only bad clothing] (-:

    • robvanbemmelen June 26, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      Haha, I am already covered in Fjällräven logos. Would be great if Fjällräven could make some protective clothing for skua eggs. The last days have seen tremendous weather, Gelmetje looked extremely nice with all the flowering Vaccinium and we had our first Ruff hatchlings. Looking forward to see you here in Ammarnäs again!

  2. Klaas June 24, 2014 / 11:02 am

    Hoi Rob, gefeliciteerd met je nieuwe loggers! Blij dat er toch nog iets terecht komt van je onderzoek na zo’n beroerd seizoen vorig jaar. In november ga ik voor BirdingBreaks een reis naar Namibië begeleiden, waarbij ook een pelagisch tochtje op het programma staat (oa. ook voor Heaviside Dolfijnen natuurlijk), dus dan zal ik goed opletten of ik ‘jouw’ vogels ook zie!

    Leuk om je blog te lezen, keep up the good work!

    Smiles,
    Klaas

  3. robvanbemmelen June 26, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Ha Klaas, bedankt voor je berichtje. Gaaf zeg! Ben benieuwd of je daar Kleinste Jagers gaat zien. Je moet daar wel goede kansen hebben lijkt me. Groeten & tot op Tx, Rob

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