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24 occupied nests

Permalink 09:47:50 pm, Categories: additional photos  

Todays visit to the southern sector of the island proved more productive than expected. We surveyed several of the soft sandy valleys which contained broom shrubs and counted 24 occupied turtle dove nests and about 20 empty nests some with evidence of successful fledging. We managed to ring 5 chicks but most of the nests contain eggs. Probably second broods so the weeks ahead should see us ringing many more chicks, inshalla.

recently fledged turtle dove chicks.



Breeding Turtle Doves

Permalink 01:07:46 pm, Categories: additional photos  

Over the weekend Abdulla got word of breeding turtle doves in the southern part of the island. He managed to get down there on Tuesday and discovered 4 active nests, two with 2 eggs each and two with 2 chicks each. He managed to ring one of the oldest chicks in one nest. The second bird scrambled in the thick of the desert broom,Leptadenia pyrotechnica, bush in which the nest was built. This is the first confirmed record of breeding turtle doves in a long time. We hope to return to the site over this weekend to ring the younger chicks.

One of the turtle dove nests with eggs

These turtle dove chicks should be ready to ring on the weekend

Abdulla ringed this chick yesterday!


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