Wildlife sightings 8 December 2016

Notes from the Discovery Centre team – Scott

Abbotts Booby from Christmas Island

Our peregrines have been the main focus this week with pairs being spotted regularly on Fidra and Craigleith. The Fidra pair is actually a father and daughter who share the island and are often seen sitting very close together. Peregrines rarely, if ever, cohabit like this so we are seeing some behaviour which is possibly unique to Fidra. The Craigleith pair is unrelated and are often visible from our telescope deck and from our cameras.

Elsewhere our seals are still declining as the season is coming to an end. The last few pups are nearly weaned and the majority of females have already left, leaving their pups to moult and head out to sea. We believe that this year has seen a record number of seals pups on Craigleith and are hopeful that the Isle of May has also had a good year, though the official count is yet to be released.

Meanwhile, in the Discovery Centre, we are switching our focus to Christmas, both with our lovely decorations and our exhibits. This year we are focusing on Christmas Island and the unique (and bizarre) wildlife it has on offer. The tidal tank is currently empty as we are in the process of a complete revamp with the remaining animals being either released or moved into the main tank. Our lobster, unofficially dubbed “Mrs Claws”, is also doing well in her tank and is drawing a lot of attention from our visitors.

Keep up-t0-date with sightings via the Seabird website. 

 

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