A Bridled Tern ringed in the Gulf found dead in Japan

A Bridled Tern that turned up dead in Okinawa Prefecture had apparently flown 7,500 kilometers to Japan from a small island in the Persian Gulf, the first confirmed case of avian migration between the regions.

According to the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology in Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, a foot ring showed that the bridled tern came from Nakhiloo Island in Iran.

The bird was found on a golf course in Nago in Japan's southernmost prefecture last October.

Iran bans the use of Diclofenac – a step towards safeguarding the future of Asia’s, Africa’s and Europe’s vulture populations

It has been known for some time that the veterinary drug Diclofenac has been the main cause of the unprecedented Asian vulture declines. OSME was therefore extremely pleased to learn of an important announcement made by Iran’s representative at the Second Meeting of Signatories (MOS2) to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), held 5-8 October 2015 in Trondheim, Norway. This concerns the prohibition of the drug in Iran, including its use, export or import.

Sociable Lapwing Migration Update

OSME has received exciting news from Birdlife International on the monitoring and tagging of Sociable Lapwing – which has been financially supported by OSME’s Conservation and Research Fund for a number of years. On 28 September, a post on their website reported that 1,524 Sociable Lapwings in four flocks, had been seen three days earlier by the monitoring team in Uzbekistan, the biggest number recorded in recent times away from the western flyway hotspot in Turkey/Syria.