27 May, 2014

Nearing Home,,,

Our tech guy, Don McCall, who has done such a great job again this season, writes the following note for Monday...

"Hi Everyone,

Island Girl flew 474 km (295 mi) yesterday, as she continued up the western shore of Hudson Bay and then, sometime yesterday evening, turned east and started flying across the ice on northern Hudson Bay. "

Don has been receiving all of the ARGOS satellite data each day and then writes up a short summary for all of our original team members and supporters. Lots of dedication there and I wanted everyone reading this blog to know about his continuing contributions.

Thanks again Don, as always.

So she arrived at the shore of the bay, flew NE following it for some distance and then, before reaching Rankin Inlet, made a dramatic, hard turn to the right (due east), heading directly out across the frozen saltwater vastness of Hudson Bay.

Somehow, she just knew when to turn east.

So she roosted out there on the ice, some 112 km (70 miles) from land.

Cold toes last night.

Always a dramatic image to consider, all alone on the flat, white, frozen ice plain, perhaps sleeping under ancient, gleaming starlight.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so very much, Don and Bud, for taking us on this long, long flight with Island Girl. My family has followed her progress almost every day since she left Chile.

Can you tell us a bit about what she eats while on Baffin Island, how many chicks she is likely to have in a breeding season, and about how many other peregrines she will join at her nesting spot?

Thank you!!