With all of Seychelles dazzling white sand beaches, sun-kissed cerulean waters and lush granitic landscapes, it’s easy to overlook all the elegant creatures that call this picturesque island nation ‘home’.
But for me, birdwatching is an integral part of all my travels and Seychelles was going to be no different.
The granitic and coralline islands of Seychelles are home to 13 endemic bird species. In the time I’ve spent on Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and a few of the nearby islands, I was fortunate to observe 8 of the endemics and photograph 7 of them.
Here are the 7 endemic birds I’ve photographed so far….
Sadly, I had no luck photographing the Seychelles White-eye, which I saw in the La Misere area of Mahe, during my last visit to the island nation.
If you are looking for a nature / bird guide, I highly recommend Basil Beaudouin (+248-4241790) who did such an awesome job of spotting the Seychelles Kestrel 👏👏👏
Photographing some other endemic birds like the Aldabra Drongo (species) and the Aldabra Rail (sub-species) will call for a trip to the remote Aldabra Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most pristine ecological environments in the world. I won’t even bother telling you the logistics of getting there but hopefully, I’ll make it in this lifetime! Fingers crossed!
There are several other bird species in the Seychelles that are either ‘native’ to this geography (i.e. they established a population in the Seychelles without any human intervention) or were ‘introduced’ a long time ago, either accidentally or intentionally, by visitors.
Many of the Seychelles islands are teeming with species of migratory seabirds which come there to breed – shearwaters, tropicbirds, frigatebirds etc. (More about that in my 2009 trip to Cousin Island.)
My favourite seabirds are the very ethereal looking Fairy Terns, usually spotted flying around in pairs or threes, as if putting on a show just for you. You may recall seeing a pair of flying Fairy Terns on your Air Seychelles aircraft 🙂