Red-Whiskered Bulbul (pycnonotus jocosus)
These images were shot in Trou D'Eau Douce or in Belle Mare, both locations being on the east coast of Mauritius. Though not a native bird, bulbuls can be seen all over the island and are often less fearful of humans than other species - we frequently have slivers of pineapple or mango stolen from our plates when breakfasting outside!
Whimbrel (numenius phaeopus)
The shoreline images were taken from the beach at Belle Mare and the inland shots were taken at Trou D'Eau Douce, amongst grass and trees, just up from the beach. These are shy birds and I have spent many hours sitting or crouching in uncomfortable places, often being attacked by mosquitoes, when trying to get close enough for a decent shot.
Madagascar Fody (foudia madagascariensis)
I have photographed this bird in several locations - Belle Mare, Trou D'Eau Douce, Ile Aux Aigrettes - the male in full breeding plumage is redder than you think red can be in nature.
Fairy Tern (sterna nereis)
All of these images were taken at St Brandon archipelago, some 350km north east of Mauritius. The area comprises a number of reefs and small islands and I have been lucky enough to fish there several times. Large numbers of fairy terns and brown noddies nest on the uninhabited islets and the lack of human disturbance makes these birds far more approachable than they would otherwise be. All of these images were taken with a wide angle lens.
Sundry Other Birds
These images were taken during my travels around the island of Mauritius.