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Roller ring recoveries

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our recent analysis of Roller ring recoveries has just been published in the Journal of Ornithology! It’s open access – take a look here. I started thinking about ring recoveries after we’d successfully tracked Rollers to and from their south African non-breeding grounds using solar geolocators (see the paper here). Although this revealed a great deal about the annual movements of Rollers from across Europe, the picture was still incomplete. Because geolocators are archival (i.e. they don’t transmit data), they must be recovered. This means that we only get data...

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From the Deep Midwinter

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I realise it’s been a while since my last post, but it’s hard to write enthusiastically about grey East Anglian office days, and the photos aren’t too interesting. I did see a pair of Rollers though, in South Kensington of all places! I’ve been making steady progress with several aspects of the project, although the to-do list seems to keep getting longer! I’ve made some exciting contacts in Africa and Europe, and am trying to help facilitate some flyway-scale collaborative tissue collection for isotope and genetic analysis. Although it’s beyond the scope...

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It’s all kicking off

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Fieldwork, News, Photos, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Greetings from sunny France! I’ve been here for 3 weeks now, so thought it was time for an update. I saw the first Roller of the season for the field site on a very windy Friday 19th April – this was 2 weeks earlier than in 2012, and they’ve been building up in numbers ever since. Yesterday, I’m 95% sure that I found a bird with a geolocator (I couldn’t quite read the flag number unfortunately), but otherwise I’ve been unable to pin down any birds ringed in previous years. In total there are 6 geolocator birds at this site, which I’m very keen to...

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