A quick guide to video-tracking birds

Lucas A. Bluff, Christian Rutz

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Video tracking is a powerful new tool for studying natural undisturbed behaviour in a wide range of birds, mammals and reptiles. Using integrated animal-borne video tags, video footage and positional data are recorded simultaneously from wild free-ranging animals. At the analysis stage, video scenes are linked to radio fixes, yielding an animal's eye view of resource use and social interactions along a known movement trajectory. Here, we provide a brief description of our basic equipment and field techniques to enable other researchers to start their own video-tracking studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-322
Number of pages4
JournalBiology Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2008


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