Data from: Recent prey capture experience and dynamic habitat quality mediate short-term foraging site fidelity in a seabird

Gemma Carroll, Robert Harcourt, Benjamin J. Pitcher, David Slip & Ian Jonsen
Foraging site fidelity allows animals to increase their efficiency by returning to profitable feeding areas. However, the mechanisms underpinning why animals “stay” or “switch” sites have rarely been investigated. Here we explore how habitat quality and prior prey capture experience influence short-term site fidelity by the little penguin (Eudyptula minor). Using 88 consecutive foraging trips by 20 brooding penguins, we found that site fidelity was higher after foraging trips where environmental conditions were favourable, and...
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