Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Latest news from “our” ibis in Souss-Massa: Nader and Aylal have separated

The signals received from Aylal show that she moved north at the beginning of last week, back to the area where she was caught 2 months ago and she has been using the same roosting and feeding areas as before.
While the accuracy of the transmitter on Nader is lower, we saw that this bird also moved north, but was in the vicinity of Tamri, near the river mouth. Soon after, it returned to the Souss-Massa National Park, so it is apparent that the parent and its young have separated, at least for now.
Although the information provided from Nader is less accurate than for Aylal, keep in mind that up till now we had no data at all on the relationship between parents and their offspring after fledging, so this represents a big leap forward in our knowledge of this species. It is possible of course that the other parent is still with Nader, but this is unlikely. 

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