Photographer's Note

This picture was taken from the beach on Aride Island nature reserve in the Seychelles. Of all the birds on Aride Island this one is perhaps the most striking in flight, sometimes flying low overhead with a strong sense of purpose! In contrast to being in the UK, being in a place like this wildlife just happens regardless of humans and the birds take absolutely no notice most of the time.I've had to duck out of the way on occasion.

On this occasion the bird is flying out towards the sea for food. The white tailed tropic bird is the only bird on Aride that feeds below the surface and dives for food, the bird has air pockets in the cheeks to absorb the impact with the water. These birds fly in the same direction having a "route" that they seem to repeat over and over, they also mate for life and keep the same nest site. I will post a workshop of a very young chick of the same species sitting at the base of a tree perhaps waiting for an adult like this one to return with fish. This image seemed like a fitting end to my Seychelles series, I'm not sure why but the picture itself feels like a goodbye, but then I'm quite biased.


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