Having just returned from Mahe / Praslin and outer islands I thought it may be useful to post an update, with some questions if anyone has been recently.
1. Lesser Frigatebirds apparently present in the 'roost' on Aride. One of the wardens reported 1 in 8 Frigatebird sp. loafing around Aride in April were Lessers. I didnt see a single individual despite scrutinising some 150 that were hanging around on the day I was there. Some Greater's were also seen around Cousin and Praslin. Does anyone know if Lesser Frigatebird has been seen on Aride, I suppose I am asking in April specifically?
2. Basil Bedouin still does the White-eye 'trip' to La Misere, he showed us one bird and he heard another 2. There is extensive building development work for a 'Prince' going on around this site that he is worried about its long term future, however it was 1 or 2 km away from where we were looking, although the road higher is now road blocked by the development.
3. Basil no longer does Scops Owl trips and we didnt have a tape so couldnt try.
4. We saw 1 Kestrel in the two weeks we were there around La Misere, Basils old stakeout there in the church is no longer used due to the tower being 'repaired'. Does anyone know of any other stateouts? We didnt see a single bird on Praslin despite being on that island for the best part of two weeks - are they still present?
5. The only other change to readily available published information is that the Paradise Flycatcher is now exceptionally EASY to see on La Digue at the Vev reserve. The new warden had managed the habitat around the information center and the birds are ever present in this area and very easy to see. I had read that some birders had made multiple visits to this site to score with this one but that should no longer be the case.
6. Brown Parrots were seen most days by us on Praslin. The Vallee de Mai stakeout at 16.00 -17.00 was reliable for us every day we tried however behind the 'Britainia Hotel' on Grand Anse was also ultra reliable. Other birds were seen ad hoc especially around the south west roads between St Annes Bay and Grand Anse.
7. I didnt see any Red-tailed Tropicbirds on Aride although 4 pairs were reportedly present despite the best efforts of 'Spear' my heroic boatman.