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Major bird discoveries on Bancs Providence


My last and only previous visit to Bancs Providence was in 1996. We landed near the southern point and saw a few Black-naped Terns (Dyanman Likou Nwanr). They behaved territorially but no nests were to be seen. In the all too short period ashore permitted by time and tide it was not possible to do an extensive search and the ...

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How often does this fascinating phenomenon occur in the Seychelles?


On March 22, 2014, while working on Desroches Island as conservation officer for Island Conservation Society (ICS), a large swarm of dragonflies captured my attention. These delicate tiny helicopters are winged predators with an extraordinary agile rapid flight. I caught a few to identify the species and realised I was surrounded by thousands of them. All Desroches Island was covered ...

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Another rare migrant


It was Valentine’s Day and as it was Sunday, it seemed like a good opportunity to visit the small wetland at Providence where I had seen a Marsh Harrier the previous weekend. I scanned the water and counted the Garganey (or Sarsel in Creole). This is the only species of duck to visit Seychelles each year and remarkably there were ...

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An extraordinary visitor to Seychelles


Catherina Onezia has talent for finding rare migrant birds in Seychelles and has reported literally dozens of these to the Seychelles Bird Records Committee over the last few years. But her latest find at the end of January on Ile Perseverance is perhaps her most extraordinary and a new species for Seychelles. This is a strange bird called a Painted-snipe, ...

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Stories of pirate treasure and a headless ghost:


Museum on Fregate Island promotes Seychelles history to visitors Seychelles News Agency – Among those who like to speculate about the whereabouts of the hidden treasures of long-dead buccaneers, Fregate Island in the Seychelles is one of the favourite possibilities where the famous treasure of Olivier le Vasseur or ‘La Buse’ might one day be uncovered. Fregate Island is the ...

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The Giant


This is how the story has been narrated over the years: …. “He was nine (9) feet six inches tall [more than 2.7 metres]….. and he died in the 1870’s. He was little more than a boy, but so strong that he could pick up a pirogue from the beach and carry it into the water. Many times he lifted ...

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The Island of Rukh!


Marco Polo had described the ‘rukh’ or ‘roc’ as a giant eagle with a 150-foot wingspan which could carry and devour an elephant! When the Great Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan heard of this he sent an envoy to get a quill from the astounding bird. This was the way the legend could have started! Historians write about an old Arab ...

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Ros leskalye (The Port Launay Steps)


Many visitors, and Seychellois alike, have always been fascinated over the years by the famous “Ros Leskalye” at Port Launay. To some sceptics, the “unusual steps”, which appear to have been carved in the rocks, have been caused by erosion. As the streams flowing down from the luxurious mountain tops met the ocean over the huge granite boulders they would ...

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‘White’ black parrot spotted on the Seychelles island of Praslin


(Seychelles News Agency) – Could there really be such a thing as a ‘white’ Black Parrot? That is the question that people on Praslin, the second most populated island of the Seychelles, are asking. This follows the sighting in recent weeks of the unusual presence of a white bird with similar features to the Seychelles Black Parrot. A photo of ...

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Rare flamingos spotted on Seychelles atoll of Aldabra


It’s a spectacle very few people have had the privilege to have seen – a flock of wild flamingos on a remote and uninhabited coral atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Two weeks ago, a research team from the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF), a public trust which manages the protected UNESCO World Heritage Site in Seychelles, happened across ...

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