Reading between the lines…September 15, 2010
Seen in a scientific report:
Limitations on collection of data due to restricted visibility into [raptor] nests was recognized as an issue with field methodology. Additionally, aggressive behavior displayed by adult birds during the survey inhibited visually assessing nest contents.
I think they meant that the researchers got attacked by the birds every time they stuck their heads into the nests!
Here’s my one-minute Plain English rewrite — it’s one-third the words, and you don’t need to read the sentence several times to figure out what’s going on. With a little more time, I’m sure I could improve on this rewrite too.
Restricted visibility into nests and attacks by adult birds meant that researchers were limited in the data they could collect from the [raptor] nests.