Monday, 13 June 2016

Forth Island hopping

It's been a busy week in the land of Laura as I took a busman's holiday from working on one seabird colony to do some work on others. I joined a small team attaching BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) metal rings to shags on the Forth Islands. We also attached larger coloured plastic rings with a unique code. These can be read from a distance using binoculars or telescopes and provide scientists with important information about the movements of these birds. If you spot a shag colour ring, please report the colour, code and location to to contribute to the project. Thank you!

Shag with full breeding crest (photo Laura Shearer)
Grooming after copulation (photo Laura Shearer)
Newly hatched Shag chicks look very prehistoric (photo Laura Shearer)
Shag chick patiently waiting to be colour ringed (photo Laura Shearer)
Shag chicks showing off their new rings (photo Laura Shearer)
Leaving Fidra (photo Laura Shearer)

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