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Research

 

Our research investigates the identification and the range/distribution of tubenoses Procellariiforms. The primary aim is to enhance knowledge about at-sea identification and (where possible) ageing of the tubenoses, thus permitting more accurate at-sea observations, a greater amount of useful data, and a better understanding of range/distribution and population sizes. At-sea observation complements data logging and satellite tracking of small numbers of representatives of tubenose taxa and contributes equally to conservation plans. The project is important because tubenoses are under extreme pressure from habitat destruction of their breeding islands and pollution of the marine environment, and a high proportion of taxa are endangered or critically endangered. 

What is known about the enigmatic Gulf of Guinea bandrumped storm petrels Hydrobates cf. castro? - Robert L. Flood, Ricardo F. de Lima, Martim Melo, Philippe Verbelen, and William H. Wagstaff (Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 2019 139(2):173-186 [click here]

Variation and identification of Barolo Shearwater and Boyd's Shearwater - Robert Flood & Rinse van der Vliet (2019) [click here] 

Status of Cory's Shearwater in the western Mediterranean - Robert Flood & Ricard Gutiérrez (2019) [click here]

Bulwer’s Petrels with whitish or pale underbody - Robert Flood (2019) [click here]

Identification of Short-tailed Shearwater in the North Atlantic – Robert Flood & Ashley Fisher (2019) [click here]

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Age-related timing of primary moult of Shy Albatross – Robert Flood & Peter Ryan (2018) [click here]

Observation at dusk off southeast Tristan Island revealed numbers of Great-winged Petrel returning to colony far in excess of the estimate of the colony population – Robert Flood & Kirk Zufelt (2018) [click here]

The 10th live record of Black-capped Petrel in the Western Palearctic – Robert Flood & Andrew Williams (2018) [click here]

Observations of feeding behaviour of Great Skua off Scilly – Robert Flood (2018) [click here]

Swinhoe’s Storm-petrel off French Guiana, South America – Robert Flood et al. (2017) [click here]

An expedition from Chile to Juan Fernandez return – Robert Flood et al. (2017) [click here]

Observations of 5 little known tubenoses of Melanesia – Robert Flood et al. (2017) [click here]

A New Zealand Storm-petrel off Fiji – Robert Flood & Angus Wilson (2017) [click here]

Observations of Jouanin’s Petrel (and other seabirds) Muscat to Djiouti – Robert Flood (2016) [click here]

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Observations of Chatham Petrel off New Zealand – Robert Flood et al. (2016) [click here]

Three Murphy’s Petrels off Juan Fernandez – Robert Flood et al. (2016) [click here]

Process of ID of a Fea’s Petrel off Scilly – Robert Flood (2015) [click here]

Observations of Mascarene Petrel (and other seabirds) off Reunion Island – Robert Flood et al. (2015) [click here]

The history of Wilson’s Storm-petrel sightings off Britain – David Callahan (2015) [click here]

The status of Wilson’s Storm-petrel off Scilly – Robert Flood (2015) [click here]

Predation of Wilson’s Storm-petrel by a Long-tailed Skua – Robert Flood et al. (2015) [click here]

Unfamiliar plumage types of Fulmar in the North Atlantic – Robert Flood & Hein van Grouw (2015) [click here]

Plumage variation of Pacific Fulmar in the Bering Sea – Robert Flood (2015) [click here]

Identification and ageing of Yellow-nosed Albatrosses – Robert Flood (2015) [click here]

Identification and ageing of Black-browed Albatross – Robert Flood & Ashley Fisher (2015) [click here]

Black-browed Albatross primary moult timing in the fourth prebasic moult – Robert Flood (2014) [click here]

First South Polar Skua for Madeira – Robert Flood et al. (2013) [click here]

First confirmed records of Cory’s Shearwater for the UAE – Oscar Campbell et al. (2013) [click here]

Madeiran Storm-petrel off Scilly: new to Britain – Robert Flood (2012) [click here]

Wilson’s Storm-petrels with white in the underwings – Robert Flood (2011) [click here]

Scopoli’s Shearwater off Scilly: new to Britain – Ashley Fisher & Robert Flood (2010) [click here]

Trindade Petrels around the Atlantic – Robert Flood (2010) [click here]

Ten year analysis of Wilson’s Storm-petrels off Scilly – Robert Flood & Ashley Fisher (2010) [click here]

European Storm-petrels diving for food – Robert Flood et al. (2009) [click here]

Rediscovery of the New Zealand Storm-petrel 2 – Brent Stephenson & Robert Flood (2008) [click here]

First record of Polynesian Storm-petrel for Australia – Robert Flood (2008) [click here]

Black-and-white storm-petrels in the Atlantic – Robert Flood & Bryan Thomas (2007) [click here]

Fea’s Petrel off Scilly: new to Britain – Ashley Fisher & Robert Flood (2006) [click here]

Digital resurrection of the New Zealand Storm-petrel – Robert Flood et al. (2004) [click here]

Rediscovery of the New Zealand Storm-petrel – Robert Flood (2003) [click here]