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Fabulous news that the excellent honours project by Julia Ryeland (now at University of Western Sydney) has finally been accepted and will be published in Functional Ecology in the new year. Julia’s project showed that shorebirds use back rest behaviour (the behaviour of tuck the beak into the back plumage when resting) is thermoregulatory in nature (they do it more when it’s cold), but very coolly (pun intended) that species with bigger bills use the behaviour more (presumably because they feel the cold more). A great outcome for an honours project – well done Julia!

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