January 2019 has brought very warm weather and plentiful rain to Mahé, the largest and most populated island of Seychelles. Towards the end of the month, low spring tides left vast areas of the foreshore inside the coral reefs free of water, allowing the sand, coral and seaweed to bake in the hot sun within … More Banquet for fish-eating birds
On 22 July I was astounded to see a Swallowtail butterfly in a garden at Pointe au Sel. I am familiar with the other large butterflies in Seychelles, the resident Diadem and migrants African Monarch and Painted Lady, but this Swallowtail I had not seen in Seychelles before. My first assumption was that it must … More Another new addition to Seychelles’ fauna – another invasive alien species?
In my early blog posts (14 January 2016 and 16 May 2016) I described the then recent arrival in Seychelles of a small moth (Euproctis species) whose hairy caterpillar (in Creole senir plim) was defoliating trees and bushes, and whose hairs could cause intense irritation to the skin of humans and domestic pets. Having fed … More Return of Seychelles’ spiders?
During a recent visit to the International airport Christine and I heard loud bird calls coming from the roof space. My first thought was that the airport authorities had installed bird scaring devices. But the source of the calls soon became apparent when a Seychelles Kestrel flew out of one of the ledges in the … More Endemic Seychelles Kestrels entertain in Seychelles International Airport
Seychelles experiences two seasons per year. The north-west monsoon generally lasts from November to April. It is characterised by warm humid conditions, with calm periods interspersed with periods of heavy rain, including occasional torrential downpours. From late-May/early-June to October the islands are subjected to the south-east trade winds – steady winds from the south-east that … More An unseasonal season
During our visits to Bird Island we sometimes have to improvise. This has often involved a requirement for pieces of wood of various dimensions and we have obtained these from the carpentry workshop. Hidden beneath a pile of wooden planks we uncovered a 2.2 metre long saw blade. I had last seen it in 1973, … More Pieces of Bird Island history
Looking through travel brochures or weekend newspaper articles, and from television programmes that highlight exotic vacations, Seychelles appears to offer high cost holidays. Indeed, Seychelles promotes itself as a high end tourism destination, with a profusion of modern 5* plus hotels backing some of the archipelago’s best beaches. But you don’t have to be super-rich … More Villa Kordia – self catering holidays in Seychelles
Looking towards the south-west from North Island’s west beach, Silhouette Island rises majestically from the ocean as a massive rock. It is, in fact, Seychelles’ fourth largest Island but it differs from the three larger islands (Mahe, Praslin and La Digue) in never having been developed to the same extent. Its human community has always … More Silhouette, North Island’s bigger sister
During my two-year residence in Seychelles in the early 1970s I was forever finding myself entangled in the huge sticky webs of Palm Spiders (Nephila inaurata). The female spiders are large, with dark brown bodies up to 3 centimetres long and long spindly legs, banded orange and black, giving the spider a total span … More Where have all the spiders gone?