Wednesday, 3 January 2018
Juvenile Satellite-tagging Summary
After an extremely busy field season last year, I've spent some time over the New Year break catching up on summarising the data I managed to collect, and reflecting on all the juvenile eagles fitted with GPS/Satellite Transmitters. Thirteen birds were satellite-tagged in 2017, bringing the total number of juvenile West Australian 'wedgies' tagged to 22 (including Kuyurnpa and Jarrkanpa, who were fitted with transmitters in 2013 and 2014, during my pilot study). All birds have been named using traditional Aboriginal languages from the two study sites where my PhD research is being carried out: Noongar in the Mundaring/Perth Hills region, and Martu at Matuwa (Lorna Glen) in the arid zone. Summaries of these members of our Wallu-wurru (4 males, 4 females) and Wailitj (7 males, 5 females) families are shown in the images above and below (click to enlarge). You can read more about the individual tagging events on my personal blog by clicking the name of the eagles listed below.
Thank you so much to all those amazing people who supported the crowdfund which covered the cost of most transmitters deployed in Perth, as well as the other groups like the GEMG, Whiteman Park and Tronox for sponsoring individual birds. More information on their movements will be uploaded soon!
Matuwa Indigenous Protected Area:
Karlbartu & Djootabay
Mundaring (Perth Region):
Ngooni & Naakal