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Development of aerial monitoring techniques: to estimate population size of great albatrosses (Diomedea spp.)


Baker, GB and Elliott, GP and French, RK and Jensz, K and Muller, CG and Walker, KJ, Development of aerial monitoring techniques: to estimate population size of great albatrosses (Diomedea spp.), Notornis, 67, (1) pp. 321-331. ISSN 0029-4470 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Two approaches to estimating the population size of great albatrosses (Diomedea spp.) were tested in the Auckland Islands, New Zealand. The first approach used a series of aerial photographs taken on Adams Island to produce high-resolution photo-mosaics suitable for counting nesting Gibson's wandering albatross (Diomedea antipodensis gibsoni). The second involved a direct count from a helicopter of southern royal albatross (D. epomophora) breeding on Enderby Island. Both techniques produced results that closely matched counts of albatrosses attending nests derived from ground counts, although aerial counts could not determine whether birds were sitting on eggs or empty nests. If estimates of breeding pairs are required, aerial counts of nests require a correction factor to adjust for birds that are apparently nesting but have not laid. Such correction factors are best based on ground counts undertaken simultaneously with the aerial counts. Used in conjunction with correction factors, the two techniques provide a method of estimating the population size of great albatrosses breeding in remote areas where it may be logistically difficult to undertake ground counts of the whole population.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aerial survey, albatross, Diomedea, photographic census, population monitoring
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental assessment and monitoring
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Baker, GB (Dr Barry Baker)
ID Code:150264
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2022-06-06
Last Modified:2022-06-08

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