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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Denis Island’s breeding population of Fairy terns counts nearly 2000 breeding pairs

Denis Island’s breeding population of Fairy terns counts nearly 2000 breeding pairs
Between the 17th and 24th of January 2016 a census of breeding Fairy terns (Gygis alba) was conducted by Green Islands Foundation (GIF) staff and volunteers on Denis Island. Continue reading “Denis Island’s breeding population of Fairy terns counts nearly 2000 breeding pairs”

Monitoring the next generation of Seabirds in Seychelles

Fairy tern and chick
Fairy tern and chick

One of the many exciting volunteer tasks on Cousin Island Special Reserve is monitoring the resident breeding seabirds. During the past two months we have been monitoring the elegant white tern (Glygis alba), and the ferocious looking white-tailed tropic bird (Phaethon lepturus). Continue reading “Monitoring the next generation of Seabirds in Seychelles”