Behavioural strategies of storks while thermalling

GPS data visualization highlighting the two main behavioural strategies while thermalling: thermal exploration by a leader (blue), and use of that social information in exploiting the uplift by a follower (red). Leaders are looking for the region of best updraft by flying in and out of the thermal thereby continuously varying their fly path. Followers benefit from that, because they can fly in the best region identified by the motion of the leaders. This allows them to circle more regularly
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