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.