On 25 July I returned to North Island on a day trip to give a brief training session to new volunteer students from the University of Seychelles. These students, Dillys Pomponeau and Krystel D’Offay, have been recruited by Arjan de Groene, General Manager of Green Islands Foundation, to continue the myna eradication until the arrival … More All change on North Island
Apologies for the wordplay in three languages but I could not resist! Sooty Terns lay one egg. But we sometimes find nests with two eggs! Sooty Tern eggs are highly variable in background colour, the pattern and colour of spots and smudges, and also in shape, but the eggs that each female lays are consistent … More One egg is un oeuf, dizef is too many!
The Sooty Tern colony is now densely packed with birds. The first birds that laid are now about half way through their 28-day incubation period and these parents are already becoming more aggressive towards us as we visit our study plots. Our ankles are being regularly pecked, sometimes drawing blood, and more and more we … More Sooty Tern progress
Hosting a huge number of seabirds, it is inevitable that the air of Bird Island sometimes carries the whiff of bird guano, of which tonnes are deposited annually by the breeding hordes. This guano is, however, the source of the island’s fertility, without which little would grow. Two of the plant species that thrive on … More Perfumes in profusion
On 8 June Christine and I returned to Bird Island, Seychelles. Bird Island is the northernmost island of the archipelago, situated on the northern rim of the Seychelles bank and close to the drop-off into the Indian Ocean abyss. As its name implies, it has been renowned for its large seabird populations since its first … More Bird Island, Seychelles – 2016
On North Island’s west coast is a narrow plateau on which Sunset Beach and Honeymoon Beach stand (the latter also called Anse Bonnen Kari, the Creole name for the Barringtonia trees that dominate the beach crest’s woodland). Inland of these beaches is it possible to find broken pieces of sandstone rock, very different from the … More Can North Island regain some of its lost seabirds?
Our three weeks on North Island came to an end on 1 June. A choppy sea gave our return boat trip to Mahe an exciting edge and we had wonderful views of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters at their best as they soared at the margin between wind and wave. During the morning trap round on 1 June … More Myna eradication on North Island – progress to date
When Christine and I arrived on North Island on 12 May 2016, we were loaned a small wooden house in the staff village, similar to one in which we had lived in 2012 during an earlier myna eradication attempt. The house we were given on our arrival in 2016 was the permanent residence of a … More Bats, Banyans and Bangs
On Sunday 22 May we took advantage of a gap between inspection rounds of our Myna traps to venture along the hiking trail to the top pf Spa Hill, one of North Island’s highest points and lying in the south-east corner of the island. The footpath is steep in places and where rock climbing might … More Striding up Spa Hill
On 12 May Christine, Bethan, Sarah and I arrived by boat from Mahe to North Island to commence the new myna eradication. The process is being funded jointly by the island and by Green Islands Foundation, with administrative support on the island by its conservation officers, Chris (“CJ”) Havemann and Tarryn Retief, and from GIF … More WildWings Bird Management begins a new myna eradication on North Island, Seychelles