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Seabird abundance, distribution and breeding patterns in relation to the Leeuwin Current

Wooller, R.D., Dunlop, J.N., Klomp, N.I., Meathrel, C.E. and Wienecke, B.C. (1991) Seabird abundance, distribution and breeding patterns in relation to the Leeuwin Current. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 74 . pp. 129-132.

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Abstract

Lack of upwelling, and low marine productivity, results in seabirds being much less abundant off Western Australia than along the coasts of western South America and south-west Africa. The breeding and non-breeding distributions of seabirds appear to be influenced by the presence of the Leeuwin Current, as do the timing and success of their breeding activity. For instance, in a year of strong Leeuwin Current flow, Little Penguins near Perth carried less food, were in poorer condition and laid eggs much later than in a year of weaker flow.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Royal Society of Western Australia
Copyright: © Royal Society of Western Australia
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/17700
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