Monday, 14 August 2017

When things go ‘jump’ in the night… a puffling’s first flight to sea revealed by thermal imaging

Skomer Island isn't only a fantastic place for visitors to watch seabirds but also a hotspot for seabird research and lots of ground-braking scientific work has been conducted on the island over the years.

New technologies enable the researchers to take closer and closer looks at the life histories of Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, Puffins and Co.

Read Emily Burford’s blog post about her research on Pufflings and have had a look at Sarah’s post on Auk chicks.

Fluffy Puffling (photo Pia Reufsteck)

Puffling old enough to fledge (poto Ben Dean)

We also captured a Puffling on one of our trail cameras. We were trying to get footage of the Otter which has been seen at Green Pond several times in the last few weeks and on top of Otter footage we managed to film 11 other species: Puffin, Jackdaw, Pheasant, Manx Shearwater, Moorhen, Water Rail, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wren, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit and Woodmouse.

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