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Old Wednesday 24th January 2018, 22:17   #1
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Seychelles info wanted

Hi

I am visiting the Seychelles with my partner in Oct 2018 and whilst it is in no way a birding holiday I would obviously like to see as many species as I can whilst there and with limited birding time. I am already reviewing a few trip reports but a few specific species that I would appreciate info on if anyone has any are below:

Black Parrots - at Vallee de Mai; are these easy to find without any guiding?
Crab Plover - is this a likely species in October and are there reliable sites
Seychelles Scops Owl - guide needed
Seychelles White Eye - guide needed
Seychelles Swiftlet - doable on own?
Seychelles Blue Pigeon?
Seychelles Kestrel?

Thanks in advance
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Old Thursday 25th January 2018, 19:52   #2
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Hello Allen,

some information are here.
http://www.seychellesbirdrecordscomm...-to-watch.html

Most important

"Note: Indigo Travel (e-mail [email protected]) on Praslin are excellent for birders thanks to their guide, Gemma Gessy, who is allowed to guide independently on Cousin. This is of great benefit to escape the large groups of non-birders."


Black Parrots - at Vallee de Mai; are these easy to find without any guiding?
see link

Crab Plover - is this a likely species in October and are there reliable sites
siehe picture, but the small street at the creek is not marked
Look when low tide will come. From the small street You will see an ambulance. Go behind this building. Drive to end of this small road until T crossing and turn left, than right. Than You will see a small open place with meadow. From there is also viewpoint.


Seychelles Scops Owl - guide needed
see link at top

Seychelles White Eye - guide needed
see link at top

Seychelles Swiftlet - doable on own?
not difficult, especially at La Digue

Seychelles Blue Pigeon?
everywhere where are enough trees

Seychelles Kestrel?
best on Mahe, I saw only 2 x


Thousends or Tentousends of seabirds You will see
near Airport Praslin after sunrise and 1 - 1,5 h before sunset, more in the evening
scope is needed
at Praslin Cote d'Or Beach only after sunrise, very view birds in the evening
scope is needed

at La Digue north at Anse Severe where the street is turning, but only in the morning, but seabirds often pass 50 - 100 m near the beach

at Mahe at Point au Sel, there will build a brigde to the coast, there the seabirds passed the closest at west coast, maybe Beau Vallon is better I do not know

see also
http://www.snpa.gov.sc/national-parks/morne-seychellois


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Dieter - this is brilliant info, thanks
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I mixed sunset and sunrise.

Here is my report
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=352032
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Hi

I am visiting the Seychelles with my partner in Oct 2018 and whilst it is in no way a birding holiday I would obviously like to see as many species as I can whilst there and with limited birding time. I am already reviewing a few trip reports but a few specific species that I would appreciate info on if anyone has any are below:

Black Parrots - at Vallee de Mai; are these easy to find without any guiding?
Crab Plover - is this a likely species in October and are there reliable sites
Seychelles Scops Owl - guide needed
Seychelles White Eye - guide needed
Seychelles Swiftlet - doable on own?
Seychelles Blue Pigeon?
Seychelles Kestrel?

Thanks in advance
Black Parrot is easy. Just hang out in the parking lot in the afternoon, they should be flying around.

Seychelles Scops-Owl are quite common by voice, but can be a bit tricky to see. Mission Lidge parking lot is a good place to start, but they can be anywhere along that road. Or even at the white-eye spot.

White-eye is straightforward in La Misere. We had them two different mornings directly in front of the exotic gardens. I got some good recordings which will be on XC before your trip starts. They were very responsive to the recordings.

Swiftlets and Pigeon shouldn't be a problem.

Kestrel is widespread. We had it at the white-eye spot, mission lodge view point (best spot, they roost under the pavillion at the lookout. Just be there around dusk), parking lot for the Black Parrot, and near a yellow church on the southern side of La Digue.

Gps points for everything should be in Josh Beck's and mine eBird checklists.

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Seychelles blog post

Here's a blog post on our recent trip if you're interested.

https://budgetbirders.com/2018/02/18...ing-the-dream/

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