The role of floods in the lives of fish-eating birds: predator loss or benefit?

  title={The role of floods in the lives of fish-eating birds: predator loss or benefit?},
  author={Martin {\vC}ech and Pavel {\vC}ech},
Floods accompanied by high flow and high water turbidity are usually believed to cause problems to fish-eating birds and mammals searching visually for their prey. In the present study the diets of breeding kingfishers were studied during the normal river situation and during a long-lasting flood event with respect to diet composition, size of fish prey and food diversity index. During the normal situation (flow 1.75 m3 s−1, Secchi disc depth 0.5–1 m), the diet of a kingfisher was dominated by… 

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