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”

Advertisements

Welcoming a new member of the family

Nesting tropicbird
Nesting tropicbird

Having just completed their first week on Cousin we can now proudly welcome the newest member of the family. This is a week old White Tailed Tropic bird chick and it is proving to be very popular with everyone; tourists and staff a-like. Continue reading “Welcoming a new member of the family”

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.”