Press Association Although manager Andre Villas-Boas changed the game against City with his substitutions, Bale’s contribution was also key to the win, which came after Samir Nasri had put City ahead. Bale curled a peach of a pass across the box to Clint Dempsey, who started off the comeback, and the Welshman scored himself eight minutes from time with a clever chip over Joe Hart to seal the win after Jermain Defoe had scored Spurs’ second. Ever the selfless man, Bale was keen to ensure his double nomination did not take the focus off what was a crucial win for Spurs. The forward even played down his own contribution, merely describing his goal, which came after a brilliant slide-rule pass from Tom Huddlestone as “all right”. For, as everyone has been pointing out at White Hart Lane all season, Spurs are not a one-man team, and that showed on Sunday. Spurs will move a point clear of third-placed Arsenal, who play Manchester United on Sunday, if they beat Wigan the day before, and Bale wants to see his team-mates show the same kind of fighting spirit for the remainder of the season. “We knew it was a massive game and the lads showed what we have in the team – a lot of character,” Bale added on Spurs TV Online. “It was a fantastic turnaround. We need to keep that character, team spirit, and togetherness in to the last five games and push for our objectives this season.” Bale returned from a two-and-a-half week injury absence on Sunday to help inspire Spurs to a dramatic 3-1 victory over reigning champions Manchester City. Bale’s strike took his tally for the season to 23 – a highly impressive achievement which means he is the odds-on favourite to win the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year gong on Saturday. “It’s massive. It’s great for your peers to vote for you,” said Bale, who is also up for the Young Player of the Year award. “Hopefully I do win. To be nominated is fantastic and fingers crossed (I do win).” Tottenham forward Gareth Bale is determined to end the week inside the top four of the Barclays Premier League and with a second Player of the Year award on his mantelpiece.
The devil is in the detail: small-scale sexual segregation despite large-scale spatial overlap in the wandering albatross
Sexual segregation in foraging habitat occurs in many marine predators and is usually attributed to competitive exclusion, different parental roles of each sex or niche specialisation associated with sexual size dimorphism. However, relatively few studies have attempted to understand the patterns and underlying drivers of local-scale sexual segregation in marine predators. We studied habitat use, diet and feeding ecology of female and male wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans, fitted with GPS and stomach-temperature loggers during the chick-rearing period (austral winter) at South Georgia in 2009. During this period, when oceanographic conditions were anomalous and prey availability was low in waters near the breeding colony, the tracked wandering albatrosses showed high consistency in their foraging areas at a large spatial scale, and both males and females targeted sub-Antarctic and subtropical waters. Despite consistency in large-scale habitat use, males and females showed different foraging behaviours in response to oceanographic conditions at a smaller scale. Males appeared to be more opportunistic, scavenging for offal or non-target fish discarded by fishing vessels in less productive, oceanic waters. They exhibited sinuous movements, feeding mostly on large prey and consuming similar amounts of food during the outbound and return parts of the foraging trip. In contrast, females targeted natural productivity hotspots, and fed on a wide variety of fish and cephalopods. They commuted directly to these areas; most prey were ingested on the outbound part of the trip, and they often started their return after ingesting large prey at the farthest point from the colony. Together, these results indicate that sexual segregation in core foraging areas of wandering albatrosses is driven by sex-specific habitat selection due to the low availability of prey in local Antarctic waters. This segregation results in different feeding behaviour at local scales which may be explained by differing breeding roles and degree of parental investment by each sex, with females investing more than males in reproduction. Further investigations are necessary to confirm the existence of this pattern through time under contrasting environmental conditions and to identify the drivers responsible for local-scale sexual segregation in wandering albatrosses.