visit to Cousin was a day trip
from Praslin, and was combined with a visit to Curieuse. The morning
visit to Cousin involved being guided - a great asset since our
party was fortunate enough to be guided by Robbie Bresson, manager
of the Reserve for over 20 years. Robbie has a tremendous knowledge
of the Island and its flora and fauna, and is a very friendly and
helpful guide. His enthusiasm is infectious!
and Lesser Noddies were plentiful, the former favouring the
palm trees. Almost as soon as we landed, we saw a male Seychelles
Fody, just coming out of breeding plumage, and with the yellow
bib and forehead clearly visible. Before long, we had excellent
views of Seychelles (Brush) Warbler, at first flitting through
trees, then a clear view of a bird on eggs on a nest, just 3 metres
from the ground. It looked a very typical Acrocephalus warbler.
round the Island, Robbie paused at one point, whistled, kicked over
a stone exposing some juicy insects, and a Seychelles Magpie
Robin flew down and started feeding - apparently oblivious to
our presence a few feet away. Flash photography is banned on the
Island, so we were not able to get a good shot in the rather dark
were nesting right next to the path in a few places, snuggled down
in the roots of trees, hardly able to fit in their elegant tails.
Two more good
sightings were of four Sooty Terns flying past (we were to
see just a few more on Bird Island!) and a single Bridled Tern,
sitting in a tree, its dark 'bridle' very clearly seen passing through
its eyes and round the back of its head.
high speed boat soon took us from Cousin to Curieuse, where we had
a barbeque, and another guided tour. The Island was fairly birdless,
but it was interesting to hear the call of one of the three Black
Parrots, which have recently found their way to the Island.
Seychelles Sunbirds were common, but on the beach, the only
waders were a few Turnstones. Four Greater Frigatebirds
circled overhead at one time. We were too early in the season to
see Green Turtles.