Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Nader and Aylal have moved to SMNP

The signals from our two bald ibis have revealed that they have left the area north of Agadir, where they were feeding and sleeping in a nearby cliff, and have moved to the Souss Massa National Park.

Nader and Aylal are still together, although the signal from Aylal is more accurate due to the GPS tag. In the last few days, this bird has been in the steppes area around the Massa estuary, accompanied by a large number of other ibis.
Studies of habitat availability and use have indicated that this national park area is very important to this species outside the breeding season.
The fact that we caught and tagged two related individuals is great as it will provide valuable insight into when the separation of juveniles from their parents occurs. 

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