Red Backed Hawk on a Nest

Yesterday I was told of a quite tame Red Backed Hawk on a nest just outside Goose Green. This morning I went to have a look and see if it would be possible to get some images, I found her quite easily and got the below images.

Female sitting on the nest with two recently delivered Upland Goose goslings to feed her two chicks.

I will over the coming weeks keep a photographic record of the growing chicks

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Satellite Tag on Southern Elephant Seal

While on Sea lion last week I had the opportunity to observe the deployment of a satellite tag on a female Southern Elephant Sea by Dr Filippo Galimberti & Dr Simona Sanvito with the assistance of Zoe Luxton of the Falkland Islands Government veterinary department.

The Southern Elephant Seal that received the tag was born on Sea Lion Island at 11:45 on the 8th November 1997, which makes today her 12th birthday, she gave birth to her first pup at the age of 5 years and gave birth to a female pup this year in the evening of the 18th October. She weighed 640kg when she returned to shore to give birth and weighed 500kg when she received the tag on the 2nd November. She was expected to suckle her pup for a further 4 or 5 days before returning to the sea.

Dr. Filippo Galimberti giving paula a sedative that has been calculated to her weight.

After 5 minutes work starts on collecting data and preparing for the deployment of the satellite tag.


Zoe Luxton monitoring the breathing and heart rate of the animal

Great care is taken to make sure that the area where the tag is to be attached is clear of abbrasions and cuts which might cause discomfort to the animal.

The satellite tag being attached using a poxy type resin. The tag will come off the animal when it has it’s annual moult in Jan/Feb next year.

Finally Dr. Filippo Galimberti collected swabs from the nose and mouth before the animal came round from the seditive.

The whole procedure took about 20 minutes, later I watched the female suckle her pup none the wirse for her ordeal.

Click on the link below for more interesting reading and understanding of the valuable research work that Dr Galimberti & Dr Sanvito have been undertaking on Sea Lion for the past 14 years