|The Kristinestad archipelago boasts a nice diversity of the classic Baltic seabirds such as Common Eiders, Ruddy Turnstones, and White-tailed Eagles as well as healthy contingency of the ever-charismatic Little Gull|
|Ingströmsberget; a rather typical breeding island for a solitary pair of Caspian Terns. Other inhabitants include Great Black-backed Gulls, and Barnacle Geese.|
|Patrik releases our first individual Caspian Tern of the season, complete with a new GSM backpack.|
|A partial clutch of few day old pygmy owl nestlings. The large feathers are leftovers from avian prey brought back to the nest by the male. These end up becoming insulating nest-lining!)|
When the sun returned, as did we to the sea. We continued surveying islands for possible Caspian Tern breeding activity and also set up a remote camera on the colony island of Gubbstenen. These cameras allow for remote re-sighting of ringed adults breeding on the colony, as well as identification of predation events by eagles, ravens and the like.
|The remote camera gets settled in amongst the breeding terns of the Gubbstenen colony.|
|A GPS-GSM logger that will communicate with the cellular network to provide information on the birds whereabouts is looped around bird’s legs and loose ends are sewed up for secure fitting.|
With all GPS-units deployed and many amazing birds and environments observed I hopped on the ferry back to Sweden, where other tern-inhabited archipelagos beckoned!
- Martin Beal