Peter Ryan columns

ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 24

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 24. Birds continued in much the same vein as yesterday, with lots of shearwaters (probably commuting through), and only a smattering of other species, many […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 23

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 23. Another lovely day at sea in the not so furious fifties; the light winds and small swell seemed ideal for spotting cetaceans and other […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 22

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 22. What started out as a day of rather slim pickings ended on a more interesting note. We started transects early to get 4.5 hours […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 21

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 21. We continued steaming slightly south of east on the great circle route towards Hobart, crossing 54°S towards evening, as we approached 90°E. The ship […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 3

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 3 Although we hoped to wake to Subantarctic waters, we remained in Agulhas waters, with warm-water species again predominating. But at least the ship was […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, 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. ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, Day 2 Instead of crossing into Subantarctic waters, the large swell (up to 16m according to the ship’s wave meter) forced the […]

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ACE birders’ blog – Leg 1, 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 1, Day 1 Day 1 was an atypical day for ACE, travelling through the tropical waters of the Agulhas Current. As a result, we saw quite a […]

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