Yesterday some radio transmitters were delivered which will enable Krista to continue the behavioural aspects of her work. Some of these results have already been presented at the BOU conference of birds in space and time earlier this year. Basically, there is a tight link between physiology and behavior - birds basically no longer forage once temperatures go beyond 30 degrees.
In the meantime, yesterday and today we had some of Krista's compatriots from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University visit with her supervisor Ben Smit. This sequence of photos is of the release of the female with the first deployed radio tag. The release went smoothly - she was soon joined by other members of her family group.
|Audrey adeptly releases the female Cape Rockjumper|
|Jumping to freedom|
|she can't believe she's back home! Where is everyone?|
|Her boyfriend welcomes her home (and shows off his ringless legs to the researchers).|
|Another female (sister? mother?) looks on.|