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?

Welcome to WildWings Bird Management’s first blog post

Chris Feare’s rebirth as WildWings Bird Management took place in 1996, following a career of research in bird management spanning a quarter of a century. WildWings Bird Management offers consultancy on the management of wild birds for conservation and pest bird control, and includes research on management options and on the basic biology of birds of … More Welcome to WildWings Bird Management’s first blog post