and Reunion Specialities
Photo copyright Giuliano
Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi
Watching Sites in Mauritius - by Peter Werner. This site
information on: Pointe aux Piments, Black River Gorges National Park, Macchabee
Forest Road, Macchabee-Bel Ombre Nature Reserve, Gerald Durrell Endemic
Wildlife Sanctuary, Petit River Noire Saltpans, Tamarin Saltpans, Casela
Bird Park, Domaine des Chasseurs, Serpent Island and Round Island.
in Mauritius - Mauritius Tourist Board - this web-site provides
on a number of key sites in Mauritius, including Black River Gorges National
Park (this 6,574 hectare park, proclaimed in 1994, protects much of the
remaining native forests of Mauritius and provides opportunities for the
visitor to enjoy spectacular natural scenery and some of the unique endemic
plants and bird life) as well as Casela Bird Park, and Domaine du Chasseur.
See also Parks
Mauritius Wildlife Foundation - The Mauritian Wildlife
known as The Mauritian Wildlife Appeal Fund is the only non-governmental
organisation in Mauritius to be exclusively concerned with the conservation
of endemic species. This website highlights (with photos) many of the endangered
endemic birds of Mauritius and Roderiquez, including the Mauritius Kestrel,
the Pink Pigeon and the Echo Parakeet.
Flora and Fauna - information and pictures of the endemic
River Gorges National Park - A comprehensive account of the
objectives, its biodata and its infrastructures. This is a major breeding
ground for the Mauritius endemic birds.
Report: Bring Your Scope: an Alternative Approach to Birding
on Mauritius and Reunion.
By Dr. Petri Hottola. Most of the birders visiting the Mascarenes tend
to do the most obvious thing by repeating the beaten track of previously
published trip reports, and by following the guidelines provided in the
best field guides available. The idea of this report is to challenge the
common approach, especially regarding seabirds. Personally, I included
most of the beaten track, but I also made an effort to explore certain
uncharted territories. It is my sincere hope that future birdwatching tourists
could benefit from and build on this new information.
Report: Mascarene Islands: July 9 - 28, 2001. By Gerard
Reunion from 10 to 22 July plus 27 July and in Mauritius from 23 to 26
July. The trip combined tourism with the observation of the wildlife.
Report: Mascarenes - Réunion, July 10-22, and Mauritius,
23-26, 1999 by Gérard Joannes. This was a trip combining birdwatching
and tourism. Our group comprised two couples plus a 15-year-old girl. A
local travel agent had planned our trip taking into account the spots I
wanted to visit.
Report: Madagascar & Mauritius, October 18 - November 22,
A Bird and Mammal Tour by David Siems and Steve Anyon-Smith.
in Madagascar with Réunion, Mauritius & Seychelles
Oct - Nov 1994, by Stig
Jensen et al. (NOTE: this is a downloadable report in WORD format from
the Danish Ornithological
Society´s website). In October-November 1994, the excursions
committee of the Copenhagen department of the Danish Ornithological Society
(DOF) carried out its first tour to Madagascar, Réunion and the
Seychelles. The main purpose of the tour was to provide the participants
with a good impression and knowledge of the fantastic - and threatened
- natural areas remaining and the local culture as well as to see as many
of the endemic birds and other animals as possible. The tour was organised
in three parts: Part 1: 8 days in the Seychelles, part 2: 1 day in Réunion
and 20 days in Madagascar, part 3: 7 days in northeastern Madagascar. Part
3 was offered only as an extension of the main tour (part 2). In additional
Marianne Andersen and Erik Mølgaard visited the Mauritius Island
before the main tour and Jesper Meedom, Ulrik Andersen and Erik Mølgaard
made a 4 days extension to the area around Andape in the northern Madagascar.
We have included their notes in this report.
Factoids taken from Where
to Watch Birds in Africa - by Nigel Wheatley.