As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Island offers bird hope

Vatu-i-Ra Island in Ra could very well be the last bastion of hope in bringing up the numbers of the threatened petrel, locally known as the kacau ni Gau.
Vatu-i-Ra Island was declared an important bird area by bird conservation organisation Birdlife International and is home to nine bird species.
Fiji petrel - The Guardian
It is also where the latest attempts to boost petrel numbers are taking place.
The island traditionally belongs to the villagers of Nasau in Ra. Nasau villager Akuila Qionibaravi explains they are hoping the kacau will come to nest there.
"Birdlife International installed a solar powered machine to imitate the call of the kacau from six in the night to six in the morning, as this is when the kacau is out flying," he said.
black noddy photo from Wikipedia
Mr Qionibaravi said there were in-built underground nesting sites by the machine to encourage the kacau to nest on the island.
He said the island had been cleared of rats and other pests that were posing a threat to birdlife thus ensuring safe breeding environment for birds.

More information on the black noddy (Anous minutus):

More information on the Fiji petrel (Pseudobulweria macgillivrayi):

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