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Seabirds New Caledonia, Noddy Terns
Nouvelle Calédonie

The sea birds of New Caledonia are part of one of the most fascinating avifauna on the planet. Of the 197 species of birds found in New Caledonia, 51 are seabirds. 25 species are permanent residents of New Caledonia and 26 species migrate through the islands every year. Three of the endemic seabirds of New Caledonia are endangered and two of the world wide species are in decline - but the seabirds in this image, the lesser Noddy Tern, Anous tenuirostris, is happily not endangered.

Most of the nesting sites are within special lagoon island reserves and there are signs posted instructing people that no dogs or cats are allowed on the islands and to stay away from the birds and their nesting areas. However the birds in the southern lagoon islands don't seem to mind coming much closer than the 40 metres recommended by the signs.

The Noddi feeds on small fish and squid that come to the surface - often chased by bigger fish from beneath. The birds are very socially inclined. They nest together, roost together, and fly off each morning one after the other, fish together all day and come flying back at sunset - jabbering away the entire time with their accomplished little voices. Just at sunset, as they return from a hard day's fishing, they make a most astonishing amount of noise - gossiping and arguing between themselves, each trying to be loud enough to be heard over the general din.

New Caledonia seabirds breed between October and April. Just before breeding, the Noddi ingests sand and small pieces of coral from the beach to provide extra calcium for the eggs. They build their nests in the beach trees from seaweed and grass.

This image was taken on Ua Island, one of many anchorages in New Caledonia where pleasure boaters can enjoy a close encounter with sea birds.


Copyright: Richard Chesher
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11894x5947
Taken: 22/03/2010
Chargée: 12/05/2010
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Tags: seabirds; seabirds new caledonia; noddi tern; anous tenuirostris; marine birds new caledonia; new caledonia lagoon; world heritage site; lagoon island
More About Nouvelle Calédonie

Une Nation du Pacifique Sud, la plus proche de l'Australie et de la Nouvelle Zélande. Une chaîne de hautes montagnes, d'impressionnantes cascades et de nombreuses rivières avec une flore et une faune variée et souvent unique au monde - C'est le paradis de la randonnée pédestre ou équestre ainsi que de l'excursion en véhicule tout-terrain.Le plus grand lagon du monde, peuplé d'une faune tropicale endémique particulièrement riche, avec des récifs et des populations de poissons rares et protégées. Des centaines d'épaves sous-marines, des îlots, de nombreuses plages de sable blanc. La population calédonienne est issue d'un large brassage culturel : Mélanésiens, Européens, Polynésiens, Vietnamiens, Chinois, Japonais, et la langue et culture française. La Nouvelle-Calédonie est dotée de très bonnes infrastructures médicales et sociales. Une infrastructure touristique qui offre un large éventail de types d'hébergement allant de l'hôtel 5 étoiles au camping aménagé en passant par l'accueil en milieu tribal, les chambres d'hôtes, les refuges et l'auberge de jeunesse.

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