Short-term effects of data-loggers on Cory’s shearwater (Calonectris diomedea)

We investigated the possible effects of a 12-g data-logger attached to a darvic ring on the performance of Coryrsquos shearwater (Calonectris diomedea, 600–850 g) from two different colonies in the western Mediterranean Sea. We compared return rates, current breeding success and body condition between equipped and unequipped birds. Effects on feeding ecology during winter and breeding period was also evaluated through the measurement of stable isotopes of carbon (delta13C) and nitrogen (delta15N) in one of the colonies. We found no evidence of negative effects of loggers on demographic parameters analysed or in feeding ecology. Power analyses suggested a high power to detect medium effect size, but a low power to detect small changes. Despite the non-significant results we could only exclude medium to strong effects of the devices on one of these parameters. We detected some short-term negative effects on body condition for the equipped birds, but these were unlikely to have had important consequences. Results suggest that the use of loggers is an adequate methodology to obtain information from seabirds at sea, but data should be carefully interpreted with regard to potential biases during severe environmental conditions.


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Authors: Igual, J.M., Forero, M.G., Tavecchia, G., Gonzalez-Solis, J., Martinez-Abrain, A., Hobson, K.A., Ruiz, X., Oro, D.

1 January, 2005
Marine Biology / 146
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