It's been a busy week in the land of Laura as I took a busman's holiday from working on one seabird colony to do some work on others. I joined a small team attaching BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) metal rings to shags on the Forth Islands. We also attached larger coloured plastic rings with a unique code. These can be read from a distance using binoculars or telescopes and provide scientists with important information about the movements of these birds. If you spot a shag colour ring, please report the colour, code and location to email@example.com to contribute to the project. Thank you!
|Newly hatched Shag chicks look very prehistoric (photo Laura Shearer)|
|Shag chick patiently waiting to be colour ringed (photo Laura Shearer)|
|Shag chicks showing off their new rings (photo Laura Shearer)|