@annettefayet

@annettefayet

Seabird Biologist at @oxford_uni @queenscollegeoxford. 2018 National Geographic Explorer. Admirer of birds. www.annettefayet.com

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It’s fledging time for puffins! 

Most chicks on @skomer_island have now fully developed their plumage and have started to leave the nest for their first trip out to sea. 

Over the last couple of weeks I have been catching them at the nest to ring them and collect samples for our studies. 

Aren’t they adorable? When they next come back to land in 2-3 years time they’ll be fully grown adults with orange legs and a big colourful beak.

📷: a young puffin ready to fledge. Bird caught under licence. 
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#puffins #seabirds #skomerisland #pembrokeshire #wales #birds #puffling #pufflings #ornithology #fieldwork

@annettefayet

It’s fledging time for puffins! Most chicks on @skomer_island have now fully developed their plumage and have started to leave the nest for their first trip out to sea. Over the last couple of weeks I have been catching them at the nest to ring them and collect samples for our studies. Aren’t they adorable? When they next come back to land in 2-3 years time they’ll be fully grown adults with orange legs and a big colourful beak. 📷: a young puffin ready to fledge. Bird caught under licence. . . . #puffins #seabirds #skomerisland #pembrokeshire #wales #birds #puffling #pufflings #ornithology #fieldwork

Happy #worldseabirdday ! 
(🔈 on!)

Here is one of my favourite seabird experience: a busy Manx shearwater night on Skomer Island. 

Skomer is teeming with Manxies at the moment, with the combination of dark, wet nights and of being the period where many immature birds visit, prospecting for mates and burrows. It’s loud and amazing!

🎬: a Manx shearwater up close with shearwater calls in the background

#seabirds #seabirdsaturday #wales #skomerisland #pembrokeshire #shearwater #birds #fieldwork #visitwales #island #seabirdisland

@annettefayet

Happy #worldseabirdday ! (🔈 on!) Here is one of my favourite seabird experience: a busy Manx shearwater night on Skomer Island. Skomer is teeming with Manxies at the moment, with the combination of dark, wet nights and of being the period where many immature birds visit, prospecting for mates and burrows. It’s loud and amazing! 🎬: a Manx shearwater up close with shearwater calls in the background #seabirds #seabirdsaturday #wales #skomerisland #pembrokeshire #Shearwater #birds #fieldwork #visitwales #island #seabirdisland

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Research Station on Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles 🇸🇨 

I have been extremely privileged to visit Aldabra on two occasions to do some research on the tropicbirds breeding on the island.

I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to visit and experience this amazing island with incredible wildlife and to meet the many wonderful people working as part of the @sif_seychelles team on and off the island and dedicated to preserving and protecting Aldabra.

I hope I’ll get to return one day!
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#seychelles #aldabra #seabirds #aldabraresearchstation50 #wildlife #conservation #birds #ornithology #indianocean #tropicbirds #fieldwork

@annettefayet

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Research Station on Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles 🇸🇨 I have been extremely privileged to visit Aldabra on two occasions to do some research on the tropicbirds breeding on the island. I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to visit and experience this amazing island with incredible wildlife and to meet the many wonderful people working as part of the @sif_seychelles team on and off the island and dedicated to preserving and protecting Aldabra. I hope I’ll get to return one day! . . . #seychelles #aldabra #seabirds #aldabraresearchstation50 #wildlife #conservation #birds #ornithology #indianocean #tropicbirds #fieldwork

‪A Manx shearwater egg 🥚 

Most Manx shearwaters on Skomer Island have now laid their single egg. 

Both partners will incubate it for ~51d, taking shifts of several days.‬ 

The first chicks will hatch around mid June, with most hatching taking place in the first half of July 🐣 

‪Not all eggs will last until hatching though. Burrows can get depredated, or collapse/flood after heavy rain. ‬

📷 1: A Manx shearwater egg. The photo was taken when we briefly take the egg out on the day it has been laid to measure and weigh it.

📷 2: an eggshell found on the ground after a storm, possibly depredated by a gull after a burrow flooded or collapsed.

#seabirds #fieldwork #birds #ornithology #conservation #biology #ecology #islands #pembrokeshire #wales #shearwater

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‪A Manx shearwater egg 🥚 Most Manx shearwaters on Skomer Island have now laid their single egg. Both partners will incubate it for ~51d, taking shifts of several days.‬ The first chicks will hatch around mid June, with most hatching taking place in the first half of July 🐣 ‪Not all eggs will last until hatching though. Burrows can get depredated, or collapse/flood after heavy rain. ‬ 📷 1: A Manx shearwater egg. The photo was taken when we briefly take the egg out on the day it has been laid to measure and weigh it. 📷 2: an eggshell found on the ground after a storm, possibly depredated by a gull after a burrow flooded or collapsed. #seabirds #fieldwork #birds #ornithology #conservation #biology #ecology #islands #pembrokeshire #wales #Shearwater

Manx shearwater tagging.

This year’s #fieldwork on @skomer_island includes starting a new project investigating drivers of breeding decisions in long-lived #seabirds, thanks to funding from @britishecolsoc & ASAB.

Part of this involves tagging Manx shearwaters with miniature geolocators that will record their behaviour and movements for the next 2-3 years. 

The devices I use (pictured on the 2nd photo) weigh only 1g and can allow to identify the bird’s behaviour every ~10min throughout the day. They can also record up to two approximate locations each day. 

I’m hoping to secure more funding in future to expand this research to more species living under different environmental conditions, to understand how the environment shapes the breeding decisions the birds make. 

Shearwaters held by @trinaswhaletales. Bird handling and tagging conducted with appropriate research permits.

#seabirds #ecology #fieldwork #biology #biologging #birds #science #skomerisland #ornithology #marinebiology #animalbehaviour #island #seabirdresearch

@annettefayet

Manx shearwater tagging. This year’s #fieldwork on @skomer_island includes starting a new project investigating drivers of breeding decisions in long-lived #seabirds, thanks to funding from @britishecolsoc & ASAB. Part of this involves tagging Manx shearwaters with miniature geolocators that will record their behaviour and movements for the next 2-3 years. The devices I use (pictured on the 2nd photo) weigh only 1g and can allow to identify the bird’s behaviour every ~10min throughout the day. They can also record up to two approximate locations each day. I’m hoping to secure more funding in future to expand this research to more species living under different environmental conditions, to understand how the environment shapes the breeding decisions the birds make. Shearwaters held by @trinaswhaletales. Bird handling and tagging conducted with appropriate research permits. #seabirds #ecology #fieldwork #biology #biologging #birds #science #skomerisland #ornithology #marinebiology #animalbehaviour #island #seabirdresearch

It’s incubation time for #puffins! 🥚 

Many puffins have now laid their egg in their burrow and will spend the next ~41 days incubating the egg until their chick hatches.

Both adults take turns to incubate the egg. They change over regularly and it’s frequent to see both partners at the nest in the evening.

🎥: a pair of puffins at their burrow - can you spot the second bird hiding in the entrance?

📸: a puffin incubating in its burrow, as seen on the screen of the infrared endoscope camera I use to monitor nests on our study plot (nest visited with appropriate research permits)

#seabirds #fieldwork #ornithology #biology #birds #island #pembrokeshire #skomerisland #puffinsofinstagram #ecology

@annettefayet

It’s incubation time for #puffins! 🥚 Many puffins have now laid their egg in their burrow and will spend the next ~41 days incubating the egg until their chick hatches. Both adults take turns to incubate the egg. They change over regularly and it’s frequent to see both partners at the nest in the evening. 🎥: a pair of puffins at their burrow - can you spot the second bird hiding in the entrance? 📸: a puffin incubating in its burrow, as seen on the screen of the infrared endoscope camera I use to monitor nests on our study plot (nest visited with appropriate research permits) #seabirds #fieldwork #ornithology #biology #birds #island #pembrokeshire #skomerisland #puffinsofinstagram #ecology

Great first week of fieldwork on Skomer Island!

It’s been lovely being on the island again after a year and a half away. I’ve been busy preparing the puffin study plot for the new season, mostly replacing and repairing posts marking study burrows 🔨 

I’ve also checked the ~50 burrows included in the study using an infrared “burrowscope” (to avoid disturbing the birds). More than half of them had an egg already! 🥚 

In the evenings, as the puffins return ashore in large numbers, I’ve also been trying to resight birds tagged with a miniature geolocator tracking their migration, I have resighted about 15 so far. I’ll try to catch these birds once they have chicks to retrieve the precious data stored on their logger. 

#seabirds #puffins #ornithology #skomerisland #wales #pembrokeshire #biology #ecology #fieldwork

@annettefayet

Great first week of fieldwork on Skomer Island! It’s been lovely being on the island again after a year and a half away. I’ve been busy preparing the puffin study plot for the new season, mostly replacing and repairing posts marking study burrows 🔨 I’ve also checked the ~50 burrows included in the study using an infrared “burrowscope” (to avoid disturbing the birds). More than half of them had an egg already! 🥚 In the evenings, as the puffins return ashore in large numbers, I’ve also been trying to resight birds tagged with a miniature geolocator tracking their migration, I have resighted about 15 so far. I’ll try to catch these birds once they have chicks to retrieve the precious data stored on their logger. #seabirds #puffins #ornithology #skomerisland #wales #pembrokeshire #biology #ecology #fieldwork

Happy Earth Day! 🌍 

Today to celebrate #earthday with @natgeouk, share a photo of your favourite spot with the hashtag #shareyourspot.

This is my favourite spot, Skomer Island in Wales, and I’m lucky to be on the island at the moment to do some fieldwork for my research. It’s a haven for hundreds of thousands of #seabirds and a place I never get bored of.

This photo shows South Haven, just behind our research station. 

What is your favourite spot? 

#skomerisland #pembrokeshire #island #earthday2021 #wales

@annettefayet

Happy Earth Day! 🌍 Today to celebrate #earthday with @natgeouk, share a photo of your favourite spot with the hashtag #shareyourspot. This is my favourite spot, Skomer Island in Wales, and I’m lucky to be on the island at the moment to do some fieldwork for my research. It’s a haven for hundreds of thousands of #seabirds and a place I never get bored of. This photo shows South Haven, just behind our research station. What is your favourite spot? #skomerisland #pembrokeshire #island #earthday2021 #wales

One more week until I finally get to return to @skomer_island to resume #seabird fieldwork! Can’t wait! 

After a year working from home, and missing out on Skomer fieldwork last year for the first time in 10 years, I’m very excited to move back in the house with the arguably the best view in the country and the coolest (but noisiest!) neighbours! (by that I mean thousands of seabirds!)

I will be starting a cool new research project on Manx shearwaters as well as continuing a long-term study of puffins. Stay tuned for updates! 

📸: the research and warden accommodation on Skomer, overlooking North Haven
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#fieldwork #pembrokeshire #wales #puffins #seabirds #skomerisland #biology #science #birds

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One more week until I finally get to return to @skomer_island to resume #seabird fieldwork! Can’t wait! After a year working from home, and missing out on Skomer fieldwork last year for the first time in 10 years, I’m very excited to move back in the house with the arguably the best view in the country and the coolest (but noisiest!) neighbours! (by that I mean thousands of seabirds!) I will be starting a cool new research project on Manx shearwaters as well as continuing a long-term study of puffins. Stay tuned for updates! 📸: the research and warden accommodation on Skomer, overlooking North Haven . . . #fieldwork #pembrokeshire #wales #puffins #seabirds #skomerisland #biology #science #birds

Our new paper showing how local prey shortages drive feeding costs and breeding success in #puffins in the NE Atlantic is now out!

We combined GPS tracking, camera traps camera 📸 and DNA metabarcoding techniques 🧬 to study the feeding ecology of puffins at four populations with contrasting population trends in Wales, Norway and Iceland. We wanted to identify the causes of population declines observed at some colonies.

We found that at declining populations, puffins had to fly much further to find food, having to spend more energy on (costly) flight and leading to chicks being fed less often than at stable populations. 

The camera traps and DNA analysis also showed that at those colonies, the birds caught smaller fish and of lower quality (at healthy colonies the diet tends to be dominated by a preferred lipid-rich species) 🐟 

Together, this lack of food near the colony combined with the low quality of it leads to high chick mortality by starvation, and ultimately population declines. 

For instance, the colony in Norway where we worked has declined by > 80% since the 1970s 📉

This lack of prey near some colonies is likely driven by changing environmental conditions and amplified by intraspecific competition (i.e. many birds competing for little prey). 

These effects are likely to impact many other #seabird species feeding on similar prey in the North Atlantic. 

Read the paper (available #openaccess) in the @britishecolsoc Journal of Animal Ecology  by checking the link in my bio. 

Thanks to all my collaborators, and to @insidenatgeo, The Royal Society, SWBG Conservation Fund and Sky Ocean Rescue for finding the research. 

📸 by Tycho Anker-Nilssen
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#puffins #puffinsofinstagram #conservation #ecology #science #biology #seabirds #biologging #ornithology

@annettefayet

Our new paper showing how local prey shortages drive feeding costs and breeding success in #puffins in the NE Atlantic is now out! We combined GPS tracking, camera traps camera 📸 and DNA metabarcoding techniques 🧬 to study the feeding ecology of puffins at four populations with contrasting population trends in Wales, Norway and Iceland. We wanted to identify the causes of population declines observed at some colonies. We found that at declining populations, puffins had to fly much further to find food, having to spend more energy on (costly) flight and leading to chicks being fed less often than at stable populations. The camera traps and DNA analysis also showed that at those colonies, the birds caught smaller fish and of lower quality (at healthy colonies the diet tends to be dominated by a preferred lipid-rich species) 🐟 Together, this lack of food near the colony combined with the low quality of it leads to high chick mortality by starvation, and ultimately population declines. For instance, the colony in Norway where we worked has declined by > 80% since the 1970s 📉 This lack of prey near some colonies is likely driven by changing environmental conditions and amplified by intraspecific competition (i.e. many birds competing for little prey). These effects are likely to impact many other #seabird species feeding on similar prey in the North Atlantic. Read the paper (available #openaccess) in the @britishecolsoc Journal of Animal Ecology by checking the link in my bio. Thanks to all my collaborators, and to @insidenatgeo, The Royal Society, SWBG Conservation Fund and Sky Ocean Rescue for finding the research. 📸 by Tycho Anker-Nilssen . . . #puffins #puffinsofinstagram #conservation #ecology #science #biology #seabirds #biologging #ornithology

To finish this #OnePuffinADay series, some cute puffins « billing » and bickering!

It’s been fun sharing these short videos of my study puffins with you throughout this month and it’s definitely helped me brighten an otherwise gloomy November! I hope you’ve enjoyed them too! 

Now hopefully I can return to the field next summer to continue my research on these beautiful but declining birds. And perhaps record some more nice footage to share with you! 
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#puffins #puffin  #puffinsofinstagram #birds #birdsofinstagram #ornithology #nature #naturephotography #skomer #pembrokeshire #seabirds #wildlifevideos #wales #skomerisland #birding #birdingphotography #iceland #icelandtravel #westmanislands #vestmannaeyjar

@annettefayet

To finish this #OnePuffinADay series, some cute puffins « billing » and bickering! It’s been fun sharing these short videos of my study puffins with you throughout this month and it’s definitely helped me brighten an otherwise gloomy November! I hope you’ve enjoyed them too! Now hopefully I can return to the field next summer to continue my research on these beautiful but declining birds. And perhaps record some more nice footage to share with you! . . . #puffins #puffin #puffinsofinstagram #birds #birdsofinstagram #ornithology #nature #naturephotography #skomer #pembrokeshire #seabirds #wildlifevideos #wales #skomerisland #birding #birdingphotography #iceland #icelandtravel #westmanislands #vestmannaeyjar

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