Foraging ecology of Masked Boobies at Pedro Cays, Jamaica

PI: Patrick Jodice (USGS South Carolina Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Institute) 

In 2012 we deployed satellite tags, geolocators, and GPS tags on breeding Masked Boobies at Middle Cay and Bird Cay on Pedro Bank, Jamaica. GPS tracks revealed that breeding birds remained relatively local while foraging and location from satellite tags confirmed that pattern. Geolocator data are currently being processed. 

The research was funded by The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.

Locations of Masked Boobies (n = 5) tagged with GPS devices at Pedro Cays, Jamaica, June 2012. All birds are displayed together. The south coast of Jamaica is shown at the top right of the figure and Top Cay, Bird Cay, and Portland Rock are shown for reference.

Locations of Masked Boobies (n = 5) tagged with GPS devices at Pedro Cays, Jamaica, June 2012. All birds are displayed together. The south coast of Jamaica is shown at the top right of the figure and Top Cay, Bird Cay, and Portland Rock are shown for reference.

Locations of Masked Boobies (n = 5) determined from satellite tags deployed at Middle and Southwest Cays, Jamaica, October 2012. All points from all birds (20 October 2012 – 17 March 2103). 

Locations of Masked Boobies (n = 5) determined from satellite tags deployed at Middle and Southwest Cays, Jamaica, October 2012. All points from all birds (20 October 2012 – 17 March 2103).