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Cousin Island is a special reserve managed by Nature Seychelles. I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days there helping one of the researchers working on the Seychelles warbler, an endemic bird that came very close to extinction.
- Lesser noddies (Anous tenuirostris). There are over 80,000 breeding pairs on the island
- Lesser noddy chick
- Seychelles skink (Manbuya seychellensis)
- Wright's skink (Trachylepis wrightii), also endemic
- View over Cousin Island looking out to Aride Island (on the left) and Praslin (on the right).
- Aldabra giant tortoise (Geochelone gigantea). They love a good scratch in those hard to reach places!
- The Aldabra giant tortoise was close to extinction with the only population found on the remote Aldabra atoll.
- All the trees are packed with the rather messy nests of the Lesser noddy
- Common or brown noddy (Anous stolidus). Distinguished from the Lesser noddy as it nests in the rocks.
- Bridled tern (Sterna anaethetus)
- Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis)
- Giant millipede (Seychelleptus seychellarum)! Only found in the Seychelles.
- Close-up on the millipede - it's not dangerous!
- The White-tailed tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) starts out like this......
- ....moving on to look like this, before eventually......