Ringing on Cousin

After the ringing week on Aride Island, Manuel and I spent 1.5 days ringing on Cousin Island. Lesser and Brown Noddies were on top of the list for ringing, while Seychelles Fody had the most recaptures. Bridled Terns were the most exciting catch, using Manuel’s large mesh net. Another new ringing species for this trip was some Zebra Doves. Manuel again caught a Moorhen (an immature bird) with his hand-net. No Wedge-tailed Shearwaters were ringed but we enjoyed listening to their haunting calls while watching the sunset from Cousin’s peak.


A Madagascar Turtle Dove was recaptured that had been ringed by me on my first visit to Cousin in 2011!

Brown Noddy
Brown Noddy shielding chick


White-tailed Tropicbird
White-tailed Tropicbird


Bridled Tern
Bridled Tern, showing the long wing




Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Wedge-tailed Shearwater entering its burrow at dusk


Ringing table
Ringing table


Table. Ringing totals on Cousin Island, 18-19 August 2019


  Species   Latin  Ringed  Retrapped  Totals
  White-tailed Tropicbird   Phaethon lepturus  8  8
  Moorhen   Gallinula chloropus  1  1
  Fairy Tern   Gygis alba  5  5
  Common (Brown) Noddy   Anous stolidus  24  1  25
  Bridled Tern   Sterna anaethetus  7  2  9
  Lesser Noddy   Anous tenuirostris  48  1  49
  Zebra Dove   Geopelia striata  3  3
  Seychelles Sunbird   Cinnyris dussumieri  1  1  2
  Seychelles Fody   Foudia sechellarum  18  14  32
  Madagascar Turtle-Dove   Nesoenas picturata   2  1  3
  Totals  117  20  137

Thanks to Claire and Nature Seychelles for hosting us, and thanks to the Seychelles Warbler team for use of their nets and poles.

Sunset from Cousin
Sunset from Cousin


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Dieter is a qualified Bird Ringer and trainer, registered bird guide, and Weaver expert. Dieter is able to act as a bird guide for day trips in Cape Town, and is able to customise birds tours in South Africa and beyond.