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Trip List
Voous order list of birds we saw - and their observed distribution

Species ** = Endemic Species
= Endemic Sub-species
Status and where seen
LD=La Digue, P=Praslin, BI=Bird Island, C=Cousin, M=Mahe ALL=All these islands
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Puffinus pacificus
BI 20+ birds, leaving roost in S of island pre-dawn (5.30 am)
White-tailed Tropicbird
Phaethon lepturus
ALL Often seen flying over trees. Nests in hollow roots of trees often seen.
Red-footed Booby
Sula sula
P 2 seen flying off-shore (distant)
Great Frigatebird
Fregata minor
ALL except M usually small numbers soaring high. Big evening roost on BI
Lesser Frigatebird
Fregata ariel
BI 2s and 3s associating with Great FB
*Green-backed Heron
Butorides striatus crawfordi
ALL except BI. Individual birds (ad. and juv.) exclusively in coastal areas (marshes and shallow seas)
*Cattle Egret
Bubulcus ibis seychellarum
M and BI On M in the reclamation area, at the Perle Noir 'marsh'and in Victoria's market. 4 seen regularly flying to evening roost in Beau Vallon. On BI near to Sooty Tern colony.
Grey Heron
Area cinerea
M Coastal areas around Victoria. Up to 11 birds on Union Vale mud flats
**Seychelles Kestrel
Falco araea
P (and M?) Brief sighting in N of P. Possible sighting at Slave Mission view point on M. Churches are reported a popular breeding site.
Gallinula chloropus
LD & C Ad. and juv. in small numbers in both localities
Crab Plover
Dromas ardeola
BI & M 2 on former, 1 on latter (Union Vale)
Lesser Sandplover
Charadrius mongolus
P, BI, M small numbers on beaches and mud flats. Difficult (for us!) ID and only separated from Greater SP with care.
Greater Sandplover
Charadrius leschenaultii
BI & M Separated from Lesser SP on BI, where both present together. Seen on M on Union Vale mud flats and on reclamation area (Columbage)
Pacific Golden Plover
Pluvialis fulva
BI & M Several on BI, on N point and around chaletcomplex. One in M on Union Vale mud flats.
Grey Plover
Pluvialis squatarola
ALL Usually in 1s and 2s with other waders. A few in partial breeding plumage.
Calidris alba
P (up to 10 near Baye Ste. Anne) & BI (on E beach)
Curlew Sandpiper
Calidris ferruginea
P (10 near Baye Ste.Anne) BI (on grass around chalet complex, v. confiding, non-breeding plumage, in 2s and 3s) and in S M on coast
Bar-tailed Godwit
Limosa lapponica
BI Single, with other waders on N end of air strip.
Numenius minutus
ALL except C. Usually small numbers (1 - 3 birds) on coast, but flock of 20 on BI and some on lawn of Cote D'Or Hotel on P.
Tringa nebularia
P (1 near Anse Bateau), M (1 on Union Vale mud flats, 2 at Bel Ombre harbour and 1 at Anse au Poule Bleu) and BI (1 near N point).
Wood Sandpiper
Tringa glareola
M Union Vale mud flats (1)
Terek Sandpiper
Xenus cinereous
BI and M (Union Vale mud flats, and Columbage reclamation area), all singles
Common Sandpiper
Actitus hypoleucos
M 1 at Beau Vallon, pool next to beach
Arenaria interpres
ALL Possibly the most numerous wader during our visit. Some in semi-breeding plumage, esp on BI
Crested Tern
Sterna bergii
ALL except LD. Baye Ste.Anne (P) a good site, but seen most days elsewhere either on edge of or out at sea
Bridled Tern
Sterna anaethetus
BI (20 roosting in casuarina trees)& C (single in tree)
Sooty Tern
Sterna fuscata
C (four birds) and BI (about 250,000 birds!) BI colony smaller than at peak of season, and most young birds nearly ready to leave
Saunders' Little Tern
Sterna saundersi
BI 25 at N point. Not possible to separate them from Little Tern (Sterna albifrons), so claim of a 'life tick' depended on information from warden!
Lesser Noddy
Anous tenuirostris
LD small numbers off Reunion with Brown Noddies, also from ferry between LD and P. Nesting on C and BI in good numbers.
Brown Noddy
Anous stolidus
Similar locations to Lesser Noddies - LD, P, C and BI. When nesting and roosting, Browns favour palm trees
Fairy Tern
Gygis alba
ALL, usually in small numbers, but with concentrations and good close views on C and B
Feral Pigeon
Columba livea
Only on M - in Victoria
Malagasy Turtle Dove
Streptopelia picturata picturata
ALL except C, favouring edges and clearings in woodlands.
Barred Ground Dove
Geopelia striata
ALL, with a preference for inhabited areas
**Seychelles Blue Pigeon
Alectroenas pulcherrima
P (near Baye Ste Anne and Fond de l'Anse) and M (several places, including the Slave Mission).
*Black Parrot
Coracopsis nigra barklyi
P (near Vallee de Maie and at Fond de l'Anse). One heard calling on Curiuse.
Barn Owl
Tyto alba
LD - one calling near Reunion
**Seychelles Cave Swiftlet
Collocalia francica elaphra
LD (behind Reunion), P (above Valee de Mai) and M (in North and at Slave Mission site)
**Seychelles Bulbul
Ixos crassirostris
ALL (except BI). Quite wary, except in Vallee de Mai (picnic area at top of trail good for photographing this species
**Seychelles Magpie Robin
Copsychus sechellarum
Only on C, where confiding and almost 'tamed' by reserve staff
**Seychelles Warbler
Acrocephalus sechellensis
Only on C. One seen flitting, but another well seen on nest
**Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher Tersiphone corvina LD - more widespread around Reunion area than guide books suggest - not just on the reserve
**Seychelles Sunbird
Nectarinia dussumieri
ALL (except BI). Favours gardens and open wooded areas. Nests are quite easy to find, suspended below branches
**Seychelles Grey White-eye
Zosterops modesta
M - hills above Cascade, W of airport. On private land in direction of Mont Sebert (taken by guide). Many birders fail to connect with this species!
Indian Mynah
Acridotheres tristis
ALL - even BI! Found on open land (e.g. Mahe Airport) and woodlands
Common Waxbill
Estrilda astrild
LD - single birds and flocks of up to 20, particularly on rough ground inland of the sports field at Reunion
Madagascar Fody
Foudia madagascariensis
ALL, including BI. Males were coming into breeding plumage during our visit - much chasing of f.! In gardens and scrubland.
**Seychelles Fody
Foudia seychellarum
Only on C. Both m. and f. seen well near boat landing area



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