With thousands of seabirds again collecting leaves to build their nests, sounds of birds covering the island, white guano marking the usual spots and now finally, the first eggs having been recorded, the Seabird breeding season is officially in full swing.
For the next 6 to 8 weeks the Lesser Noddies will be incubating their eggs until little fluffy chicks will make their debut. But first these Noddies have to face the stronger winds which can blow nests out of trees and even blow trees over at times. They have to take turns in incubating and flying off to feed, not leaving the eggs exposed to the dangers of Tok-toks (Seychelles Fody, a renowned egg thief), Seychelles Magpie Robins (extremely good opportunists) and an assortment of skinks (the cleaning up crew of the island), all of whom like the taste of eggs. However, with all these dangers, most eggs will make it to the hatching stage. We will keep you updated when this happens!!
The Sooty Terns have been observed flying around and some of the Brown Noddies have already picked their nesting spots. However, both these species are yet to start laying.