A scientific article about roost-site characteristics of the Mediterranean Shag along the Slovenian coast has been published in the last issue of journal Acrocephalus (156/157). The article was produced within the scope of the project SIMARINE-NATURA. Tha authors, dr. Dejan Bordjan, Matej Gamser, Aleksander Kozina, Jure Novak and Mitja Denac (the latter four are young ornithologists) studied the shags at their roosting sites during the summer youth ornithological camp “Prade 2012”.
The authors have found out that the Mediterranean Shags which roost on the bouys of mussel farms distribute evenly among the three roosts (Debeli rtič, Strunjan and Sečovlje), but that the age structure of roosting groups differs between sites. The shags prefer some types of buoys which suit them better for resting. Most shags left roosting sites individually or in pairs, and the majority of the departures was recorded between 7.50 and 8.30.
Full article is available here (in English with Slovenian abstract).
author: Urška Koce