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Fine-scale bird monitoring from light unmanned aircraft systems

AuthorsSardà-Palomera, Francesc; Bota, Gerard; Viñolo, Carlos; Pallarés, Oriol; Sazatornil, Víctor; Brotons, Lluís; Gomáriz, Spartacus; Sardà, Francisco
KeywordsRemote sensing
Investigator disturbance
Bird colony
Aerial survey
Issue DateJan-2012
PublisherBritish Ornithologists' Union
CitationIbis 154(1): 177-183 (2012)
AbstractUnmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are remote-controlled devices capable of collecting information from difficult-to-access places while minimizing disturbance. Although UAS are increasingly used in many research disciplines, their application to wildlife research remains to be explored in depth. Here, we report on the use of a small UAS to monitor temporal changes in breeding population size in a Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus colony. This method makes it possible to obtain georeferenced data on nest locations without causing colony disturbance, which would not otherwise be possible via direct ground observations. © 2011 The Authors. Ibis © 2011 British Ornithologists' Union
Description7 pages, 2 figures, 2 tables, additional supporting information may be found in the online version of this article: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1474-919X.2011.01177.x/suppinfo
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1474-919X.2011.01177.x
Identifiersdoi: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2011.01177.x
issn: 0019-1019
e-issn: 1474-919X
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