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Underwater images from bird-borne cameras provide clue to poor breeding success of Shags in 2005

Watanuki, Yutaka; Takahashi, Akinori; Daunt, Francis; Sato, Katsufumi; Miyazaki, Nobuyuki; Wanless, Sarah. 2007 Underwater images from bird-borne cameras provide clue to poor breeding success of Shags in 2005. British Birds, 100. 466-470.

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Abstract/Summary

The first underwater digital photographs obtained by cameras carried by Shags PhaJacrocorax aristoteJis showed the birds diving in areas dominated by soft coral Alcyonium digitatum and feeding on butterfish PhoJis gunnel/us, which were brought to the surface before being swallowed. Prey capture rates were markedly lower than previous estimates for birds feeding on sandeels Ammodytes.This reduced foraging performance probably contributed to the very poor breeding success at the colony on the Isle of May in 2005.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: Watt
ISSN: 0007-0335
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 27 Sep 2007 15:24
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/843

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