An obligate beach bird selects sub-, inter- and supra-tidal habitat elements

Ehmke, Glenn, Maguire, Grainne S., Bird, Tomas, Ierodiaconou, Daniel and Weston, Michael A. 2016, An obligate beach bird selects sub-, inter- and supra-tidal habitat elements, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, vol. 181, pp. 266-276, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2016.08.050.

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Title An obligate beach bird selects sub-, inter- and supra-tidal habitat elements
Author(s) Ehmke, Glenn
Maguire, Grainne S.
Bird, Tomas
Ierodiaconou, DanielORCID iD for Ierodiaconou, Daniel
Weston, Michael A.ORCID iD for Weston, Michael A.
Journal name Estuarine, coastal and shelf science
Volume number 181
Start page 266
End page 276
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-11-05
ISSN 1096-0015
Keyword(s) beach
citizern science
habitat selection
hooded plover
Summary Few habitat models are available for widespread, obligate, high-energy sandy shore vertebrates, such as the Eastern Hooded Plover Thinornis cucullatus cucullatus. We examined habitat attributes which determined the difference between sites where plovers breed and randomly-selected absence sites (determined from long-term systematic monitoring). A variety of habitat variables were derived from aerial photography and bathymetric and terrestrial Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) data. Logistic regression against eight candidate variables, in a model selection framework, revealed considerable support for four variables with respect to explaining the presence of breeding territories. In particular, the amount of unvegetated dune and foredune which was unvegetated, and the amount of intertidal and sub-tidal reef were positively associated with the presence of breeding territories. Thus, plovers apparently select certain habitat in which to breed, involving sub-tidal, intertidal and supra-tidal habitat elements. The model also helps explain the virtual absence of breeding plovers from long sections of superficially suitable habitat, such as the fourth longest continuous beach in the world.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ecss.2016.08.050
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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