A New Year...It feels like we just sent Christmas Greetings your way and now Easter is just around the corner. Where does the time go? We're already into the third month of the year!2016 was a bumper year for the Sooty Tern Colony on Bird Island and we're hoping that this year will be just as successful.
What a Brilliant Year! What a fantastic year we've had! We've seen an increase in the the number of Sooty Terns in the colony this year, which is very encouraging, after recording a fall in numbers in 2015. The breeding season also began earlier than usual which resulted in the very first Sooty Tern chick making an appearance by the 4th of July!
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has increased its interisland flights between Mahé and Bird Island to daily, providing residents and international travellers with more choice and convenience. The development will see Air Seychelles operate flights to the Bird island 340 days a year, representing a major upgrade to its current charter operation. The service has been upgraded following an agreement signed between Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer ...
A Great Year for Sooty Terns!This year has been one of the best for Bird Island's Sooty Tern Colony, with more birds nesting than in the past few years. By June, the main part of the colony was packed with birds nesting at high densities- up to six nests per square metre. More birds were still arriving in the month of July and occupying the open plains in the Northern part of the Island.
Sooty Terns all around! The Sooty Terns are here! If you look to the skies above you will be amazed by the number of terns in the sky.
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Hello readers and friends, It has been some time since our last newsletter but we are now back in full force and I am sure you are all wondering how the birds are doing. Our Feathered Friends The Sooty Tern nesting season started quite late this year. The birds began laying at the end of June rather than at the end of May into mid June but in spite of this the numbers were good and monitoring of the Terns continues.
Hawksbill Turtles: Robby had a lot to do during the month of January with so many turtle nests to monitor. Crabs had to be removed from the nests and others had to be relocated to safer places to prevent them from being washed away from the eroding sand at the North Point. Is spite of all the hard work invested into the monitoring of nests, some 149 nests were totally destroyed by crabs.
The last quarter of the year was quite eventful with the gradual migration of the sooty terns, the arrival of the migrants and the start of the hawksbill turtles’ breeding season. We believe that the sooty terns breeding season was a successful one. The weather was favourable during the fledging of the chicks and there were no shortages of food either.
Maybe it's worth mentioning the South East Monsoon, now that it's coming to an end. We did not experience the real South East Monsoon this year as we've had in the past far as Bird Island is concerned. This last monsoon, the wind blew mostly from the south west instead of south east.
Much time and energy were spent clearing and preparing the sooty tern colony this year. We bought a new "slasher" to mow the entire colony before the birds landed. Special attention was attributed to the reserve area of the colony to ensure maximum nesting dentity.
The 2012/2013 hawksbill breeding season has been the best so far, since the project started way back in 1995. We have on record to date 313 recorded nests. During the last years, we’ve noticed a slow shift in breeding habitats.
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