AMANDA LIA ROGERS

Mauritius

Amanda RogersComment

Just home from fulfilling one of my lifelong dreams (well, since reading Gerald Durrell's Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons). Dave and I spent five weeks volunteering for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, based at Ferney field station; the site of an ambitious reintroduction project involving Echo Parakeets, Pink Pigeons, Mauritian Cuckoo-shrikes and Mauritian Paradise Flycatchers. Our main job was translocating 14 flycatchers to Ferney from the National Park and monitoring their movements post release using radio telemetry. For a tiny non-migratory bird, they can fly. One male gapped it back to where he was caught over 25km away within days.

Echo parakeets tasting freedom.

Echo parakeets tasting freedom.

Our colleague Veronique Couttee extracting a female Mauritian Paradise Flycatcher from a mistnet.

Our colleague Veronique Couttee extracting a female Mauritian Paradise Flycatcher from a mistnet.