Peter Ryan columns

ACE birders’ blog – Leg 2, Day 4

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 2, Day 4. Today dawned calm and crisp; having crossed the Antarctic Polar Front in the night, the water was about 3°C and the air little warmer. […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 2, Day3

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 2, Day 3. Another fairly quiet day approaching the polar front. More seabird species were seen, including five albatrosses and two storm petrels: Short-tailed Shearwater 107 Mottled […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 2, Day 2

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 2, Day 2. Today started innocuously enough with near calm seas and heavy rain as a frontal system passed over the ship. By mid-morning, however, the wind […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 2, Day 1

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 2, Day 1. Welcome to all the leg 2 newbies. This blog summarises each day’s sightings. By departing Hobart at midnight, we missed all the coastal seabirds, […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Summary

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Summary We arrived in Hobart this morning on a lovely sunny morning, and were escorted up the Derwent by three successive groups of Common Dolphins. Several […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 29

 By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands.   Leg 1, Day 29. We had high expectations for our last full day at sea, but the ship slowed as we neared Tasmania, so we didn’t cross […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 28

ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 28 By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Day 28. Four weeks at sea have flown by, and today the ACE birding team celebrated 5000 km […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 27

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Day 27. Today was an action replay (or an inaction replay?) of yesterday, with a regular drizzle of prions and White-headed Petrels, plus the odd dash […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 26

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Day 26. Another fairly quiet day on the run northeast towards Hobart; at 10 bird species overall we just managed to beat yesterday’s record low of […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 25

By Peter Ryan, onboard scientist, expert in general ornithology, seabird-fishery interactions, evolutionary ecology, marine debris, solid waste management, biology of oceanic islands. Leg 1, Day 25. A very quiet day, that got quieter as it progressed. Even the White-chinned Petrels, which have been our constant companions since leaving Cape Town, […]

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