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”

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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”

Seabird Census Complete

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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”

Seychelles Warbler Back From The Brink

    very-big(Seychelles News Agency 10th August 2014) – It’s the first conservation success story of its kind in the world: the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis) was one of the most threatened bird species in the world in the 1960s – down to a total population of only 26 birds, conservation experts had to move fast to avert the birds from becoming entirely extinct. Continue reading “Seychelles Warbler Back From The Brink”

Cousin Island Seabird Top Trumps

ImageParenting: Top points go to White-tailed Tropicbirds for the most successful parenting with 57% of chicks fledging. Whilst the White Terns and Lesser Noddys had significant losses throughout the chick rearing process the worst parenting goes to the Brown Noddy. Surveillance of a Brown Noddy Colony on one site showed some rather worrying behavior; Chicks were perhaps too close to other parents resulting in chick swapping, chick sitting, chick abandonment and chick murder! The result was eventually all chicks in this area were dead before reaching C2 stage. Continue reading “Cousin Island Seabird Top Trumps”

SSG news: An investigation into possible infanticide by Tropicbird 42 on Cousin Island, March 4th 2013.

This 2 day old chick was found dead in the nest
This 2 day old chick was found dead in the nest

Case Officer: April J Burt
Suspect: Tropic bird 42
Date of alleged crime: 4th March 2013
Evidence: This 2 day old chick was found dead in the nest, the parent bird’s beak was full of down. Chick looked as if it had been pecked. Chick had been seen 2 hours previously alive and well. Continue reading “SSG news: An investigation into possible infanticide by Tropicbird 42 on Cousin Island, March 4th 2013.”