Bird Island, Seychelles – a unique experience of living among seabirds

With heavy hearts Christine and I have now left Bird Island after a prolonged seabird-watching experience. It has been an exciting year on an extraordinary island. We arrived in June in time to observe the Sooty Terns’ arrival and egg laying, watched their feeding movements, and saw chicks hatch. After a break we returned in … More Bird Island, Seychelles – a unique experience of living among seabirds

SeyCCAT project: our tagged juvenile Sooty Terns head for the open ocean

Between 27 and 30 August we deployed satellite tags on 15 juvenile Sooty Terns in order to follow their movements after fledging and discover where their parents took them as the fledglings learned to feed themselves. When attached the tags to birds that weighed a minimum of 180 grams, judging that chicks of this weight … More SeyCCAT project: our tagged juvenile Sooty Terns head for the open ocean

Ringing and recapture of Bird Island’s Sooty Terns remains important in unraveling their lives

Since 2011 we have been using different kinds of electronic tracking device to investigate the movements and behaviour of Bird Island’s Sooty Terns, greatly increasing our knowledge of the birds’ use of the surrounding ocean. Prior to that much of our knowledge of Sooty Tern survival, longevity, movements between islands and daily activities in the … More Ringing and recapture of Bird Island’s Sooty Terns remains important in unraveling their lives

SeyCCAT sponsored Sooty Tern tracking project makes early progress

Our trial of the attachment method for fitting satellite tracking devices to juvenile Sooty Terns later this year (see post of 20 June) reached its first milestone when we left Bird Island on 30 June. Both of the birds fitted with dummy tags had alternated between incubating the single egg and going out on foraging … More SeyCCAT sponsored Sooty Tern tracking project makes early progress

Chasers and screamers – summer is here

The evening sky over Antequera, and over most towns and villages in Andalucía, is now crowded with fast, aerobatic and noisy entertainers with distinctive scimitar-shaped wings – this design is almost unique to this family of birds. Swifts, recently returned from their wintering areas in sub-Saharan Africa, begin arriving here in April and numbers continue … More Chasers and screamers – summer is here

“Where no vultures fly”: Rinderpest and Diclofenac

In my early childhood (probably in the 1950s) my parents took me to the local cinema see a wonderful film “Where no vultures fly”. This film was about the control of a then extremely serious and highly infectious disease of domestic cattle in Africa – Rinderpest. This virus disease had decimated cattle herds and caused … More “Where no vultures fly”: Rinderpest and Diclofenac