AMANDA LIA ROGERS

Mauritius

Amanda RogersComment

Five weeks' volunteering for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, based at Ferney field station and ecotourism operation; the site of an ambitious reintroduction project. Echo Parakeets, Pink Pigeons and Mauritian Cuckoo-shrikes are held in aviaries prior to release. Dave and I's main job was to catch and translocate 14 Mauritian Paradise Flycatchers to Ferney from the National Park, which we monitored using radio telemetry. For a tiny non-migratory bird they can fly a long way. One male gapped it back to where he was caught, over 25km away, within days.

Echo parakeets tasting freedom.

Echo parakeets tasting freedom.

Veronique Couttee extracting a female Mauritian Paradise Flycatcher.

Veronique Couttee extracting a female Mauritian Paradise Flycatcher.