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    • Hi Eldar, I am currently helping a friend to analyse data from mottled petrels breeding on Codfish Island, South of New Zealand. She used migrate technology tags, the same model (C-250) as I used on skua. Her light data looks very clean and she has a few days of 'rooftop' callibration from the study site. When running the model, it always comes out with a track that makes sense given what is known from previous tracking of the species. However, there are no confidence areas displayed on the lat lon graph (looking at the data, Min.lat, Max.lat and Medianlat/Lon values are all the same for each location). Switching "known last" to False makes them appear in the very end of the track, but they are still missing for the rest. We have tried different individuals, but the problem persists. I also tried using a calibration from my skua data (Chatham Islands), but the same problem occurs. Have you had a similar problem before, and do you think it could be due to issues with the callibration? I would be very thankful for any suggestions. Thanks a lot in advance! All the best, Hendrik   UPDATE: I have tried doing the calibration from onbird data as estimated by the 'plot_slopes_by_location' function. This now results in confidence intervals on the tracks throughout. Could it be that the onbird data is simply better suited in this case? Many thanks in advance! Hendrik  
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