Establishment and development of a seabird colony: long-term trends in phenology, breeding success, recruitment, breeding density and demography

@article{Pyk2012EstablishmentAD,
  title={Establishment and development of a seabird colony: long-term trends in phenology, breeding success, recruitment, breeding density and demography},
  author={T. M. Pyk and Mike A. Weston and Ashton Bunce and Francesco Norman},
  journal={Journal of Ornithology},
  year={2012},
  volume={154},
  pages={299-310}
}
Few studies document long-term colony-level metrics from colony establishment to maturity (equilibrium) and few test predictions of general models of colony development. We describe long-term trends in a colony of Australasian Gannets (Morus serrator) which has been monitored from an early stage in its development. The colony at Pope’s Eye, within Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia was established in 1984 on an artificial structure and the first nest count (25 nests) was conducted in the… CONTINUE READING