Report and photos from Shirley Squibb
Rockhoppers are likely to be seen
Rockhoppers have now
King Bird Chick Watch Latest
Photos from Dawn Repetto
Dawn Repetto's photographs show an adult Antarctic Tern or King Kird (local name)
Dawn returned to the nest on 31st December 2018 and took the three photos shown below
Dawn returns to take three further photographs the growing chicks on 6th January 2019 shown below
|Adult with the two chicks - the right hand one developing typical juvinille plumage.|
|Chicks with adult guard|
|From the front chicks still have the 'fluffy' new born look awaiting a complete set of juvenille feathers.|
|Notice how well camouflaged the chicks are
against the background rocks and vegetation.
Nevertheless the eggs and chicks are vulnerable to predation
by rodents and Antarctic Skuas (Hen Birds).
|The local Antarctic Terns or King Birds - Sterna vittata tristanensis - are endemic
to the the Tristan da Cunha islands and are commonly seen between September and May,
with some present all the year, others wintering off South Africa.
Numbers on Tristan, estimated at 50 pairs in 2007, may be increasing
as evidenced by nest sites like this one on the mainland.
Often King Birds breed on sea stacks, known locally as 'Hardies'.
Dawn hopes to re-visit the nest to photograph the chicks.
First evidence of mouse attacks on Gough adult albatrosses
|Paper published following 2018 fieldwork
Marine Science around Inaccessible Island
|Tristan Fisheries Department work on 7th January 2019
- Bio-security Workshop on St. Helena (6-Dec-2018) >>
- Tristan Fisheries Department's excellent work celebrated (4-Dec-2018) >>
- Planning a Tristan da Cunha Marine Protection Strategy (27-Nov-2018) >>
- Chief Islander takes part in conservation talks (23-Nov-2018) >>
- Trip to Inaccessible and Nightingale Islands using new RIB (8-Nov-2018) >>
- Fieldwork on Nightingale and Inaccessible Islands (1-Nov-2018) >>
- Two million seabirds killed annually by mice on Gough Island (23-Oct-2018) >>
- Gough Island Tristan Albatross update (9-Oct-2018) >>
- Wave Dancer in UK for refurbishment (6-Oct-2018) >>
- Web Pages Launched for the Gough Island Restoration Programme (23-Sep-2018) >>
- New Page: Tristan da Cunha Gough Restoration Programme (12-Sep-2018) >>
- Gough Island Mice Eradication Project to take place in 2020 (23-Aug-2018) >>