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”

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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”