The Pan African ornithological conference opened on Cousin Island in the Seychelles on Saturday (6 November).
GV Cousin Island
SV INTERIOR President Mancham speaking
SV Black Tern in three
SV Fairy Tern in three
SV Mother Fairy Tern in tree (2 shots)
SVs Seychelles Fody on beach
SV Brush Warbler on branch
GV White-tailed Tropicbird in flight (2 shots)
SV Seychelles Sunbird in rocks (2 shots)
SVs Terns sitting in tree (2 shots)
MANCHAM (TRANSCRIPT): "In ancient times priests of pagan cults believed in some way birds' flight foretold the future. And for centuries man tried to imitate flight itself. Some going as far as to build wings which they attached to their bodies. Though we have now finally succeeded in mastering flight, the ponderous machines that take us aloft are no match in grace and flexibility for the soaring, diving, darting, climbing actions of a bird."
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Background: The Pan African ornithological conference opened on Cousin Island in the Seychelles on Saturday (6 November). The Seychelles President James Mancham welcomed some 300 delegates from West Germany, France, Austria, England, Italy, South Africa, Rhodesia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Zambia.
SYNOPSIS: President Mancham also announced plans to develop some 60 outer islands for agriculture, fisheries and tourism. However, he emphasised that the bird populations of the islands would be protected and allowed to flourish. The Seychelles, a cluster of about 90 islands of which only five are moderately populated, have a wealth of bird life.
Birds like the Fairy Tern.
The females of this species lay only one egg at a time but they are fairly common in the Seychelles.
The Seychelles Fody is indigenous to the Seychelles. Once threatened with extinction, numbers have increased tenfold in recent years.
The Brush Warbler is also only found on these islands.
White-tailed tropicbirds in flight, another group of birds that are only to be found in the Seychelles.
The same applies to the Seychelles Sunbird, the Colibri.
From the Sunbird to the Fairy Tern, an exotic range of birdlife that seems destined to flourish despite the expansion of man.