16 May 2012

15 May: First week with Abel

The first weeks data from Abel, as for Otto and Peter, highlights the importance of the saltmarshes on the islets in Nibe Bredning as vital feeding areas for the light-bellied brent geese in the area.
Abel is named after Abel Chapman, (1851-1929). British hunter and naturalist, who in 1889 published his Bird-life of the borders - records of wild sport and natural history on moorland and sea. This book gives the first solid account on the significance of Lindisfarne to larger flock of light-bellied brent geese, especially duirng cold continental winters. Chapman also illustrates a fantastic knowledge about the birds ecology in the book, well worth a read and available online as pdf file.