Thursday, 14 May 2015

Old friends and new in foreign places

So..I’ve just returned from 10 days in the Seychelles – something of a bucket list destination for me. As I didn’t go to any of the “bird” islands the spotting was not as dramatic as its reputation but there was still plenty to add to my list once I got my eye in.

These Striated Herons seem to be quite abundant and pretty confiding…this one perched in a palm tree almost directly above my head and made for a nice tick.

Striated Heron, Mahe

This one, on the other hand, was equally unexpected and came with the the odd thrill that only finding something totally familiar in an unexpected location brings. If I didn’t know where it was this Grey Heron could be on my local beach.

Gery Heron, Baie Lazare Picault, Mahe

Greenshank are familiar from the rather cooler climes of Cumbria as well – although we don’t usually find them in the middle of “major” towns like this one.

Greenshank, Victoria, Mahe

And while I should probably have spotted a Curlew Sandpiper at home by now, it is definitely more fun to introduce yourself to the species in a tropical paradise. This busy little guy was dashing energetically round the local parkland by the marina.

Curlew Sandpiper, Victoria, Mahe

This one is not quite an old friend – but familiar from a dismally damp and windy day at Waratah Bay with my brother in 2012. Who can resist the slightly scruffy charm of a Great Crested Tern – not me that’s for sure. I nearly toasted myself on the beach capturing this image with the sun essentially directly overhead. At least this time it was warm and sunny.

Great Crested Tern, Anse Royale, Mahe

Good job I was using Factor 40+ sun-cream or my european complexion would have ended up like this guy:

Madagascar Fody, Victoria, Mahe

A nice cheerful Madagascar Fody.

If you’re keen on bird images – or like showing off pictures your latest tick why not try Wild Bird Wednesday – go on, you know you want to!

1 comment:

Stewart M said...

Greetings - nice birds! I always find it funny seeing home birds on a distant patch!

It will be interesting to find out if your WBW link gets you many visits.

Cheers - SM