The migration of Bird Island’s Sooty Terns revealed

On Bird Island, and in other colonies throughout Seychelles, Sooty Terns breed seasonally during the south-east trade wind, roughly April to October. Outside this time, the millions of birds involved disappear from Seychelles waters and, apart from five recoveries of ringed birds (3 in Sri Lanka/southern India and one each in northern Australia and at … More The migration of Bird Island’s Sooty Terns revealed

Orange omelettes and dusky wanderers

After a very long gestation period, my book “Orange omelettes and dusky wanderers” has now been published by Calusa Bay Publications, Seychelles. It describes my experiences in Seychelles from late 1971 to the present. Based around the biology of my beloved Sooty Terns, it also embraces other areas of conservation in Seychelles, illustrating the leading … More Orange omelettes and dusky wanderers

Camille Lebarbenchon arrives on Bird Island

Our friend Camille Lebarbenchon, from the University of Reunion Island, has now joined us on Bird Island for the fifth year in succession. He is undertaking ground-breaking research on pathogens carried by seabirds in the western Indian Ocean. On Bird Island this has involved mainly Sooty Terns, Brown Noddies and Lesser Noddies but he has … More Camille Lebarbenchon arrives on Bird Island

Investigation of methods of attaching GPS loggers to Sooty Terns

Attaching PathTrack GPS tags to Sooty Terns In 2014 Christine and I undertook trials of different attachment methods of attaching GPS loggers to incubating adult Sooty Terns on Bird Island, Seychelles, initially using dummy loggers and subsequently attaching working loggers. Ten dummy tags were made to our specification (and kindly donated free-of-charge) by the manufacturer, … More Investigation of methods of attaching GPS loggers to Sooty Terns

More trouble for Bird Island’s Sooty Terns?

In 2011 and 2012 we marked 85 of Bird Island’s breeding Sooty Terns with geolocators, tiny devices that record geographical location during their migration. Geolocators have to be recovered the next breeding season to download the data and in 2012 and 2013 we manged to find 40 of the marked birds. The data showed that … More More trouble for Bird Island’s Sooty Terns?