It is a great time of the year when the wind is low and the seas calm! All you can hear are the cackling Fairy Tern’s and the waves crashing throughout the day. The heat is at its maximum some days, but the birds are thriving and the sea is very inviting!
We have just completed one of our bi-annual census’ on the Fairy Tern and Tropic-bird breeding populations. The census was a great success and was carried out smoothly, at the same time having a little fun! The Fairy Tern population was estimated at 595 pairs during the SE Monsoon in 2012 and 2654 pairs during the NW Monsoon in 2013. The Fairy Tern population on Cousine Island therefore currently stands at approximately 1624 pairs. The tropic bird population was estimated at 1643 pairs during the SE Monsoon (2012) and 740 pairs during the NW Monsoon (2013). The average Tropic bird population on Cousine Island therefore currently stands at 1191 pairs. We had a lot of fun executing the census and will be making it a permanent project on the island due to the importance of having a more accurate estimation of breeding pairs on the island throughout the year.