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Blog posts after 1 Feb 2018 about Steppe eagles tracked from Oman can be found at the Steppe eagle blog

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Steppe eagle in early June

The steppe eagle we are tracking is still in far western Kazakhstan, between the Aral and Caspian Seas.  After spending much of its time during the last 2 weeks near what appears to be a water well, in recent days it has made a 200 km move NW.

The other eagle is still out of touch, presumably in some area where there is no mobile phone network over which the data can be downloaded.

Movements of a Steppe eagle during 1-15 June 2016.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Egyptian vulture turns up

After 40 day sof silence, the Egyptian vulture we are tracking has turned up!  It seems that this bird has probably been staying within the confines of the Wadi Sareen Reserve, where mobile phone coverage is limited.  I must admit that I was worried. Given this bird's age I would not think that would be a breeder, rather that it stayed in Wadi Sareen because it offered cooler, shady roosting sites during the summer. It should, however, be noted that the incubation period for Egyptian vultures is 39-45 days.  Below is a map of the movements since 2 June, when it reappeared.

I'll update the blog about Steppe eagles in the coming days, so check back.

Movements of an Egyptian vulture during 2-9 June 2017.