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”
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”
“I found a greater crested tern on our beach – it is ringed with a metal ring on the left leg and yellow plastic ring on the right leg. I haven’t managed to catch it so I don’t know the ringnumber, but I was wondering whether anyone of our fellow Seychelles’ birders remembers ringing a greater crested tern? It’s nice to know that it is currently hanging out on Denis!”
Janske van de Crommenacker, the Island Environment Manager on Denis Island spotted the Greater Crested tern (Thalasseus bergii) a few weeks ago. This is a large tern has a rather shaggy black crest and a heavy yellow-green bill. It is grey above an white below and has a forked white tail.
When feeding, these birds dive into the water to catch their prey such as fish and squid. They also pick turtle hatchlings off the water surface.
February saw the completion of the sixth annual frigatebird survey at Aldabra Atoll in the SW Indian Ocean. Continue reading “Sixth annual frigatebird survey completed on Aldabra”
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”
(Rachel T. Buxton, Christopher J. Jones, Philip O’Brien Lyver, David R. Towns and Stephanie B. Borrelle)
Following the removal of an introduced species, island restoration can follow two general approaches: passive, where no further intervention occurs and the island is assumed to recover naturally, and; active, where recovery of key taxa (e.g. seabirds) is enhanced by manipulating movement and demography. Continue reading “Deciding when to lend a helping hand: a decision-making framework for seabird island restoration”
On Cousin Island Special Reserve, Nature Seychelles staff and volunteers complete two main seabird censuses annually, coinciding with the two different monsoon seasons. At these times censuses are conducted for the year-round nesting birds, such as White-Tailed Tropicbirds (Phaethon lepturus), Tropical Shearwaters (Puffinus lherminieri), and White Terns (Gygis alba). Continue reading “Seabird Census Complete”