January 2019 has brought very warm weather and plentiful rain to Mahé, the largest and most populated island of Seychelles. Towards the end of the month, low spring tides left vast areas of the foreshore inside the coral reefs free of water, allowing the sand, coral and seaweed to bake in the hot sun within … More Banquet for fish-eating birds
During our second period on Bird Island this year we have been helping our French friend and colleague, Dr Camille Lebarbenchon. Camille is a disease ecologist, specialising in viral pathogens found in seabirds of tropical islands. He is based at the University of Reunion. We first met at an Avian Influenza Symposium in Athens, Georgia, … More Noddies under investigation
Iceland was colonised by humans around 1100 years ago by adventurous Viking explorers, initially from Norway but subsequently further settlers arrived from other Scandinavian countries. Inevitably, human arrival led to many changes in the ecology of the main island and its offshore islets, due to direct exploitation of resources for food, shelter and fire, and … More Puffin heaven – for now
After a breeding season in 2014 that was interrupted by a period of extreme food shortage, leading to incubation shifts of nesting birds to stretch up to 13 days without being relieved by their mates, accompanied by desertion of both eggs and young chicks, Bird Island’s Sooty Tern colony has been struck by food shortage … More Seychelles Sooty Terns in trouble again?