Seabirds breed come heavy rains or strong winds

White tern aka fairy tern breed year round and are usually seen in pairs, they lay a single egg on a branch crevice

The Seabird survey on Cousin Island Special Reserve was typically carried out during the South East monsoon season – a period of low rainfall and heavy winds – but since 2013 this is now done in both the North West (NW) and the South East (SE) monsoon seasons to compare trends between these different times of the year. The NW season, running from November to March, is time for heavy rains but calmer winds and sea. Continue reading “Seabirds breed come heavy rains or strong winds”

2017 seabird updates from Cousine Island

Lesser Noddy breeding success
Breeding success of Lesser Noddy on Cousine are investigated annually during the seabird nesting season, from June to October. A total of 150 nests (divided into 15 different ‘plots’ of ten nests) were selected around the island. The nests were visited weekly to determine the status of each nest, and the contents (adults present, egg, stage of chick) recorded using binoculars and a mirror attached to a long pole. Continue reading “2017 seabird updates from Cousine Island”

Up close with seabirds

Out of all the incredible wildlife on Cousin Island Special Reserve, I was most excited to see the huge diversity of birds that live here. Only two weeks into my stay as a Nature Seychelles volunteer, I have had so many amazing experiences studying these animals close up. Continue reading “Up close with seabirds”

Seabird experts meets

The Seychelles Seabird Group (SSG) has just met for the group’s annual meeting to discuss the status of seabirds on Cousin, Cousine, Aride, Fregate and Denis islands. With funding from the Norwegian Embassy and Airtel Seychelles, Nature Seychelles launched SSG for a better understanding of Seychelles’ 18 species of seabirds, numbering millions of individuals. Continue reading “Seabird experts meets”

350 pairs of Brown noddies are estimated to breed on Denis Island

In February 2016 a Brown noddy (Anous stolidus) census was conducted on Denis Island by Green Islands Foundation (GIF) staff and volunteers to estimate the size of the breeding population. Brown noddies are commonly ground nesting but are seen far more frequently nesting in the crowns of coconut trees on Denis Island, possibly due to the presence of mammal predators in the recent past before the eradications of rats and cats. Continue reading “350 pairs of Brown noddies are estimated to breed on Denis Island”