Use of satellite telemetry on small-bodied waterfowl in Australia

Roshier, David A. and Martin, W. Asmus 2009, Use of satellite telemetry on small-bodied waterfowl in Australia, Marine and freshwater research, vol. 60, no. 4, pp. 299-305, doi: 10.1071/MF08152.

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Title Use of satellite telemetry on small-bodied waterfowl in Australia
Author(s) Roshier, David A.
Martin, W. Asmus
Journal name Marine and freshwater research
Volume number 60
Issue number 4
Start page 299
End page 305
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1323-1650
Summary The nomadic or dispersive movements of many Australian waterfowl in response to irregular environmental cues make satellite telemetry studies the only means by which these long-distance movements can be tracked in real time. Unlike some large-bodied soaring species, attaching satellite transmitters to small-bodied waterfowl (<1 kg) is not straightforward because ducks have high wing loadings and need to maintain active flapping to stay aloft. In the present paper, we detail one harness design and attachment method that enabled us to track grey teal (Anas gracilis) for up to 879 days. In addition, we detail rates of data loss, changes in data quality over time and variation in data quality from solar-powered satellite-tags deployed on ducks in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Up to 68% of all locational fixes have a nominal accuracy of less than 1 km, and satellite-tags deployed on wild birds can provide up to 22 location fixes per day and store enough energy during the day to run continuously throughout the night.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/MF08152
Field of Research 060201 Behavioural Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, CSIRO
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