Distribution of New Zealand king shags (Leucocarbo carunculatus) foraging from the Trio Is and Stewart I colonies, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
|Title||Distribution of New Zealand king shags (Leucocarbo carunculatus) foraging from the Trio Is and Stewart I colonies, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Type of Article||article|
|Keywords||foraging depth, foraging range, foraging times, Leucocarbo carunculatus, New Zealand King Shag|
King shags (Leucocarbo carunculatus) dispersing to feeding areas from breeding colonies on the Trio Islands and Stewart Island began to leave colonies around dawn, and most had left by mid-morning. Foraging birds were distributed throughout Admiralty Bay, the average distance from the colony was c. 10 km, and were observed only rarely where the water depth was >50 m. Greater areas of mussel farms in inshore waters could potentially affect king shags by restricting the area available for foraging.