Watch a longtail chick hatch

  • A look into a longtail nest (Photograph provided)

    A look into a longtail nest (Photograph provided)


A view into the nest of the Bermuda longtail will be available via a new live stream.

Nonsuch Expeditions, the organisation that runs the popular CahowCam project, has branched out for its second iconic local bird and could record a longtail chick hatch as soon as this weekend.

Team leader Jean-Pierre Rouja said: “This camera, located in one of the artificial burrows above the stairs on the dock at Nonsuch Island, has actually been used for scientific observations since last year, but we wanted to give our followers another subject to watch into the summer months.

“The egg in this nest was laid very early in the season, prior March 15, making it one of the earliest tropic bird egg layings to be observed by Jeremy Madeiros, the senior terrestrial conservation officer.”

Longtails — also known as white-tailed tropicbirds — spend most of their life at sea and only come to land to breed.

Each breeding pair lay a single egg in holes eroded in the island’s limestone cliffs.

Most eggs hatch in June or July, and the chicks remain in the nest until late August or September.

Mr Rouja added: “The longtail chicks are snow white, and the parents temperament and behaviours are completely different to the cahows which gives us a new series of stories to tell about what is arguably Bermuda’s second most iconic bird.”

He said that unlike the CahowCam, the “Tropicbird Cam” does not have infrared lights as most longtail activity takes place in daylight.

As a result the stream goes dark at night.

He added: “The feed can be seen at the Nonsuch Island website, and be sure to keep an eye out for what may very well be an Easter chick.”

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Published Apr 18, 2019 at 12:34 pm (Updated Apr 18, 2019 at 12:34 pm)

Watch a longtail chick hatch

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