Longtail Tropicbird Cam Now Broadcasting Live

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The Longtail Tropicbird Cam is now broadcasting live from Nonsuch Island.

A spokesperson said: “The Longtail Tropicbird Cam is now broadcasting live from Nonsuch Island and can be viewed here.

“Now in its fourth year, this is a collaboration between Nonsuch Expeditions, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

“The live stream will appear black at night because this live cams does not work with infrared lights [and Tropicbirds only sleep at night, unlike the Cahows]However, users can go back in the timeline to view daylight portions.

“This year’s chick hatched on April 24 [one of the earliest that Jeremy has logged in 22 years] and from her first checkup on the 29th was up to 55 grams, see the first checkup video.

“Unlike Cahows, which leave their chick alone a few hours after hatching, Tropicbirds usually stay with their chick for the first few weeks to protect it from predators and other prospecting Tropicbirds which are known to kill young chicks in an attempt to take on the nest.

“As a result, viewers will see the parents come in and out during the day, although they usually leave the chick alone just before sunrise to go out to sea to feed.

“In addition to the Cahow, this seabird shares Nonsuch Island as nesting habitat: the White-tailed Tropicbird is the only locally remaining common seabird from Bermuda, with over 3,500 breeding pairs nesting in Bermuda in the spring. and in summer.

“Of these, more than 600 breeding pairs nest in the Castle Islands Nature Reserve, including around 200 pairs nesting on Nonsuch Island.

“On Nonsuch, around 70 artificial igloo nests have been set up to replace natural cavities in cliffs that have been destroyed by hurricane erosion and cliff falls during hurricanes over the past 20 years.

“One of these nests, along the staircase to Nonsuch’s Wharf, installed the Tropicbird / Longtail-Cam so that we can now follow the little-known ‘nest life’ of this difficult-to-study species, which is generally more aggressive than the more laid back Cahow.

“The White-tailed Tropicbird is almost always known in Bermuda along with the Longtail because of its distinctive tail feathers. This species is well known and highly valued locally. Longtails are relatively large birds; adults can be up to 30 inches tall [76cm] including tail feathers, with wings up to 3 feet [1m].

“The feathers are pure white, with diagonal black bars on each wing. These bars form a V-shape when the flying bird is viewed from above. The wing tips are also black, and a black stripe crosses the eye. The distinctive tail is made up of two extremely long feathers, surrounded by other short ones, and is used by birds in courtship display touching the tail, when the two birds fly in close formation, one above the other, and try to bring back the tail. feathers in contact.

“Contrary to popular local belief, birds do not mate in the air, but return to the privacy of the nest cavity. We sometimes see Longtails which have lost both long feathers. The Longtail’s sharp, pointed bill is yellow in young birds and turns orange.

“Webbed feet are dark. Juvenile Longtails are white with various thick black bars on the back and they do not yet have the long tail feathers.

“Learn more and watch the live video here. ”

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