Working for birds in Africa

Eurasian Hobby satellite tracked to Zimbabwe

Date posted: 
Monday, January 7, 2008

German raptor specialists B.-U. Meyburg and K. D. Fiuczynski have, apparently for the first time, used a 5 g solar satellite transmitter to track a female adult Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo breeding in Germany slightly north-west of Berlin as far as Zimbabwe near Bulawayo.

These little transmitters have not been on sale so far. No other birds have apparently been tracked over such a long distance with the few experimental transmitters of this size produced by Microwave Telemetry, Inc.

The bird which had been trapped near the nest in August had reared young and continued to behave normally after fitting the transmitter. Before arriving in Zimbabwe, the bird spent a long time in southern Angola.

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