Wednesday, May 10, 2006

New in HOORC's Library: Slaty Egret report

Birdlife Botswana has completed a report of its month-long observations of a Slaty Egret breeding colony in a group of island palm groves in Moremi Game Reserve. The observations, carried out with the support of the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks, involved periodic inspections of nests, eggs and chicks. The Birdlife team learned that the egrets do not seem to be highly synchronized in their breeding within the colonies, with some nests having eggs while in others, large chicks had already left their nests. Length of incubation period, site fidelity, overall breeding success and nest predation require further study -- Birdlife Botswana will continue to study and monitor this vulnerable species. You can find Report on Slaty Egret breeding in Moremi Game Reserve, April 2006 in HOORC's Library.

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