Satellite tracking of sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus) during their pre-laying “exodus” and incubation
Sohle, I; Robertson, C; Nicholls, D; Mouritson, H; Frost, B; Moller, Henrik
Platform terminal transmitters (PTTs) using the CLS:Argos System were attached to adult sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus) at Taiaroa Head, South I, New Zealand. Three PTTs were attached to adults during the pre-breeding period, and 2 were attached to adults during the incubation period. During the pre-laying excursion, 1 male flew a minimum distance of 7700 km over 34 days while another male flew 4200 km during 28 days. The minimum distance flown by a female was 3700 km during 16 days. Pre-breeding birds mainly frequented waters 1000 m deep.
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Keywords: sooty shearwater; Puffinus griseus; satellite tracking; breeding; New Zealand
Research Type: Journal Article