We begin our journey on the granitic formation of the Seychelles, which is often thought of as the most beautiful islands in the world. Here we will explore several the isles to observe some of the planet’s rarest birds, as well as some of the world’s greatest tropical seabird colonies. The fabulous coal-black Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, Seychelles Scops Owl, Seychelles Magpie-Robin and Seychelles Blue Pigeon are included in this bounty. Nesting seabird colonies showcase hundreds of thousands of Sooty Terns, lesser numbers of Bridled and Fairy Tern, Wedge-tailed and Audubon’s Shearwaters, Great and Lesser Frigatebird, Brown and Lesser Noddy and more than 20,000 White-tailed Tropicbird!
Island wildlife is generally susceptible to extinction and the islands of this area are no exception, with birds like the proverbial and rather unfortunate Dodo serving as stark reminders of Mans’ heavy hand in these sensitive environments. During the opening days of our explorations in Mauritius, we target Mauritius Kestrel, Pink Pigeon and Mauritius Parakeet, all recently snatched back from the jaws of extinction. Highlights include a visit to the dramatic Black River Gorges National Park, and an overnight visit to the far-flung Rodrigues Island for its two endemic land birds: a warbler and a unique yellow fody.
After the splendours of Mauritius, we visit the French governed Réunion, a rugged volcanic island, rich in land endemics and well-endowed with a range of special sea birds. We will search the tropical waters here for Barau’s Petrel and, whilst ambling forest trails in the footprints of pirates, search for Reunion Cuckooshrike, 2 endemic white-eyes and Reunion Bulbul.
Our exploration of these tropical islands is a fantastic birding getaway and serves as a perfect companion to our Comoros or Madagascar tours. We welcome you to join us as we island-hop with binoculars in hand in our quest to find the birds of these heavenly Indian Ocean isles.
Seychelles Scops Owl; Seychelles White-eye; Seychelles Black (Lesser Vasa) Parrot; Seychelles Blue Pigeon; Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher; Seychelles Sunbird; Seychelles Magpie-Robin; Seychelles Warbler; Seychelles Fody Rodrigues Warbler; Rodrigues Fody; Mauritius Kestrel; Mascarene Paradise Flycatcher; Mauritius Olive & Mauritius Grey White-eyes; Mauritius Cuckooshrike; Mauritius Bulbul; Mascarene Swiftlet; Mauritius Fody; Reunion Grey & Reunion Olive White-eyes; Reunion Cuckooshrike; Reunion Bulbul; Mascarene Paradise Flycatcher; Reunion Stonechat; Reunion Harrier. Malagasy Turtle Dove; White-tailed & Red-tailed Tropicbirds; Fairy, Roseate, Bridled & Sooty Terns; Lesser & Brown Noddies; Great & Lesser Frigatebirds; Crab Plover; Persian & Wedge-tailed Shearwaters; Masked & Red-footed Boobys; Trinidade & Barau's Petrels. Top Mammals
Seychelles & Rodrigues Flying Foxes Habitats Covered
tropical islands, rainforest, mudflats, wetlands, agricultural scrub, secondary forest Expected Climate
tropical, most days at lower altitudes will be hot, humid and sunny with the odd rain shower. Higher altitudes are cool to warm. It may be humid at times. Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader Tour Pace & Walking
comfortable to very comfortable Ease of Birding
mostly unchallenging a few difficult species Other Attractions
exquisite food, Cousin, La Digue & Aride Islands, Ornate Day Gecko, Aldabran Giant Tortoises, Round Island Day Gecko Photographic Opportunities
It was a great trip, especially in the islands, with the very best guides possible.