Research into the effects of foraging strategies in a generalist species
Even if a species is known as a generalist, this does not necessarily entail that all individuals of that species have the same diet. Some may be very selective in the choice of food, others may have a more varied diet. Although such individual differences occur in many species, the consequences of differences in foraging strategy are still poorly understood.
In this project we investigate the consequences of foraging strategies of herring gulls (Larus argentatus) that breed on Texel. We examine whether differences in foraging strategies among gulls are reflected in chick growth, breeding success and energy budgets of the parents. WeI also investigate whether gulls with different diets respond differently to changes in their environment.