In my recent blog about our discovery of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters occupying burrows on Mahe, I mentioned that White-tailed Tropicbirds were the only seabird that had survived in numbers as a breeding species on the larger granitic islands of Seychelles. They had survived despite a large and still increasing human population and the commensal predators that … More Is there a connection between White-tailed Tropicbirds and the popularity of fast food?
On 11 July 2017 Christine and I were able to revisit Cousine Island, a small private island nature reserve off the western coast of Praslin. Like most Seychelles’ islands, its native forest was removed in the late 19th or early 20th century in order to make way for coconut cultivation. At that stage Sooty Terns … More Sooty Terns have a successful year on Cousine Island
In the 1960s a paper in the British Ornithologists’ Union journal, Ibis, by a group of students from Bristol University, UK, raised awareness of the critical plight of some of Seychelles’ endemic birds. Particular concern was raised about the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone corvina, the Seychelles Warbler Acrocephalus sechellensis and the Seychelles Magpie Robin Copsychus … More Blue Pigeons and Bulbuls bounce back in Seychelles
The colours and patterns of the eggs and chicks of ground-nesting terns are generally considered to have evolved to provide camouflage against the background of the nesting areas. This works to a certain extent: Sooty Tern eggs are difficult to see on a sandy substrate and dark brown downy chicks are barely visible among driftwood … More A Noddy enigma