This Whimbrel was caught last spring in Georgia by Shorebird Recovery Project Conservation Specialist Brad Winn and partners and fitted with a solar-powered satellite transmitter, which shows us where he goes and what resources he depends on throughout the year.
As of last week, Postel was still in his winter territory on Caranguejos Island, Brazil.
Whimbrels are able to fly one of the longest non-stop flights of any bird in the world. Some have traveled 4,500 miles non-stop from eastern Canada to South America. Most of these flights include extensive time over open-ocean, and some involve as many as seven days and nights of flying.
Brad will spend the coming week in Georgia catching Whimbrels and fitting a few of them with transmitters with Tim Keyes of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Fletcher Smith of the William & Mary Center for Conservation Biology.
Perhaps they will see Postel, who is expected to arrive at the very same marsh where he was fitted with his transmitter last year. There, he will feast on fiddler crabs to refuel his journey to breeding grounds at the western edge of Hudson Bay in Canada.
To follow Postel’s journey, visit http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/?tag_id=105874&dyn=1365430497.
Follow Brad on Twitter @BradfordWinn for updates from the field!