Phil Hockey - Memorial Special Issue
(the Journal of African Ornithology) would like to publish a special issue
in memory of Phil Hockey and the significant contributions that he made to
inviting contributions of manuscripts on a topic relevant to Phil’s
estuarine bird ecology, the ecology of bird movement and migration, avian
life history evolution, the ecology of rarity (especially distinguishing
natural rarity from anthropogenically mediated rarity) with the aim of
promoting appropriate conservation strategies, and analysing and predicting
avian responses to climate change. Colleagues and past or current students
are particularly encouraged to offer papers, especially where Phil may be a
information please contact Rob Little (firstname.lastname@example.org),
the Memorial Issue Editor, or Lizanne Roxburgh (email@example.com),
the Ostrich Editor-in-chief.
We would like
to publish this issue in early 2015. Manuscripts should ideally be submitted
by the end of November 2014. We request that anyone intending to submit a
paper for this special issue please send an intention to submit to Rob
Little as soon as you can so that we can have a foresight of the possible
content of the issue.
can be submitted online at
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tost. When asked for a special issue
type, please select “Phil Hockey”.
Please report any sightings of ringed Swift Terns
Swift Terns are one of the few
locally-breeding seabirds whose numbers are increasing., To help understand
the main factors driving the positive trend of this species, a team of
researchers from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute and the Animal Demography
Unit at the University of Cape Town marked 500 Swift Tern chicks from Robben
Island in April 2013 and 2014 with metal and individually engraved colour
rings. In 2013, members of the public reported how these birds dispersed,
providing information on the fledging success, survival and dispersal of
juvenile Swift Terns, which were re-sighted from Namibia to the Eastern
Cape. Gathering dispersal records is a time consuming but important task
that relies on assistance from volunteers across southern Africa.
Rings in 2014 are orange and yellow
(with black text) and green and blue (with white text), and are engraved
with an “A” followed by a letter and a number (e.g. AU2). Rings from 2013
are yellow and white (with black text) and green and blue (with white text),
and bear a code of one letter and one number (e.g. U2). The majority of the
colour rings are top-down and all are on the right leg.
If you see any ringed birds please
record their location as accurately as possible (ideally GPS), the date and
time of sighting, ring colour, letters on the ring (if legible) and age
class (juvenile or immature). If a bird is found dead, please also record
the number of the metal ring. Send the
information to Davide Gaglio at
Thanks for your help!