GPS tracking data of Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) from the Netherlands and Belgium

Henk-Jan Van Der Kolk*, Peter Desmet, Kees Oosterbeek, Andrew M. Allen, Martin J. Baptist, Roeland A. Bom, Sarah C. Davidson, Jan De Jong, Hans De Kroon, Bert Dijkstra, Rinus Dillerop, Adriaan M. Dokter, Magali Frauendorf, Tanja Milotić, Eldar Rakhimberdiev, Judy Shamoun-Baranes, Geert Spanoghe, Martijn Van De Pol, Gunther Van Ryckegem, Joost VanoverbekeNetherlands Ecology, Bruno J. Ens

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We describe six datasets that contain GPS and accelerometer data of 202 Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) spanning the period 2008–2021. Birds were equipped with GPS trackers in breeding and wintering areas in the Netherlands and Belgium. We used GPS trackers from the University of Amsterdam
Bird Tracking System (UvA-BiTS) for several study purposes, including the study of space use during the breeding season, habitat use and foraging behaviour in the winter season, and impacts of human disturbance. To enable broader usage, all data have now been made open access. Combined, the datasets contain 6.0 million GPS positions, 164 million acceleration measurements and 7.0 million classified behaviour events (i.e., flying, walking, foraging, preening, and inactive). The datasets are deposited on the research repository Zenodo, but are also accessible on Movebank and as down-sampled occurrence datasets on the
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-45
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2022


  • Acceleration measurements
  • animal movement
  • behaviour
  • bio-logging
  • bird tracking
  • habit use
  • machine observation
  • Movebank
  • oystercatchers
  • time budget
  • UvA BiTS


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