Nonsuch Island Bermuda Petrel Monitoring Programme

We were fortunate enough to visit Nonsuch Island to participate in the monitoring programme for Bermuda Petrel. This tiny island is the main relocation site for this bird, and the strategy has probably saved the species from extinction. Warden Jeremy Madeiros removed a few birds from their artificial nest burrows, weighed and sexed them before returning them.

The birds are ashore at the moment to stake a claim on a nest burrow, and for courtship. Once mating has taken place, birds head into the open ocean to feed for the best part of a month before they return to Bermuda. A single egg is then laid and the male takes the first stint of incubation, which lasts a couple of weeks; during this time he does not feed.

Back on the main island of Bermuda, we were able to catch up with a couple of the interesting introduced species: Jamaican Anole and Whistling Frog; the latter is widespread and is the sound of Bermuda on warm evenings.

All photographs by Paul Sterry. Copyright Paul Sterry/Nature Photographers Ltd.

Nonsuch Island

Nonsuch Island

Bermuda Petrel being monitored

Bermuda Petrel being monitored

Bermuda Petrel being monitored

Bermuda Petrel being monitored

Bermuda Petrel

Bermuda Petrel

Bermuda Petrel

Bermuda Petrel

Jamaican Anole

Jamaican Anole

Whistling Frog

Whistling Frog

 

 

 

 

 

 

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