Breeding season of seabirds starts!

Royal terns, Laughing gulls, stilts, Killdeer Plovers. All of these species are preparing for the start of the breeding season with partner rituals, mating, hatching eggs and helping the chicks on the fragile path to adulthood. Fragile and less successful every year, unfortunately, because the locations these animals need to successfully reproduce are disturbed on an ever larger scale by people, who are often unaware of the damage they cause. Damage in the form of broken eggs and defenceless chicks […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Neotropic cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

If you ever drive past the the water treatment plant of Klein Hofje in the early morning of late afternoon you can sometimes see black birds, sitting on the edge of the water basins with their wings spread out in the sun. These are cormorants. These animals can also be regularly spotted at coastal locations, such as the Seaquarium. This bird is approximately 60 centimeters long and completely dark, almost black, in color. The most striking features of these cormorants […] Read more »