The iguanas are reproducing -- hatchlings (this
year's young) and 2-year-olds are now regularly
seen! During our explorations of the Long Cay in
November, we observed four to five 2-year-olds (200g
range); we captured and PIT tagged one (190g). Several
hatchlings were seen as well; one was caught, PIT
tagged, and released (15g).
are really thrilled that the 2-year-old age class
is so evident. On islands with cats, this age group
is rarely if ever seen.
pairs of resident fish eagles, or ospreys, have
been watching our progress since we first stepped
on Long Cay. One pair nests on
the island and another pair forages around it.
On Big Ambergris Cay we have watched as osprey dived
from the sky to grab medium size iguanas in their
talons. We suspect they prey
on them in a limited way on Long Cay as well.
Their primary food, however, is fish as evidenced
by the bones around their nests.
The juvenile iguana population on Long Cay
continues to expand in spite of any predation impact
by this native bird.