Parents erNest attempt at giving chicks a great start in life!
Being on a tropical island, one would imagine spending every moment snorkelling or diving to look at fish and marine animals. But as a birder, I found that it was the opportunity to learn about seabirds, a group of birds which are nigh impossible to find in my native land-locked country of Switzerland. But on D’Arros we find seabirds living closely with terrestrial species like the endemic Seychelles fody. Watching their nesting and breeding behaviour is the best way to learn about a species’ function. From the way the parents brood their eggs, to the rituals when changing guard (when one parent takes over the watch and the other leaves the nest to forage).
Every bird starts off its life as an egg in a nest. These nests can be elaborate affairs of twigs, leaves and feathers or just a bare patch on a branch. Nest play various roles in the development of eggs – maintaining an optimal temperature, providing camouflage and protecting the eggs and chicks from predators.
Birds in the Seychelles have few natural predators apart from humans and several species nest on the ground. Others nest in tree cavities, branches, forks, or even an untidy mess of vegetation hanging precariously from a single strand.