The brown noddy is common on Aride and many of the other islands.
They were seen in large numbers the day we were there and were making a lot of noise.
There are around 16,000 nesting pairs here so I guess that explains the noise.
White-tailed tropicbirds also breed on Aride year around.
They lay their egg in a nest on the ground.
As chicks grow older parental visits become shorter and less frequent. After twenty-five days they are only fed once a day. Eventually the chicks are forced to go out and find their own meal.
The beautiful white fairy tern has a blue bill and breeds all year long on Aride.
There are up to 20,000 pairs on the island.
They lay their single egg on the bare branches throughout the island.
The hotel furnishes your lunch and it is brought over on the boat with you.
The crew grills the fish just in time for lunch.
Lunch is served under the shelter.
To get to and from Aride you will have to book the trip through a hotel in Praslin or Mahe.
It is a 15 minute boat ride to offshore Aride, from Praslin.
You are anchored there. Two or three males in a dingy will come out to meet you and take you into shore.
They do not want rats or other pests to threaten the birdlife here.
When you get ready to leave it is by dingy out to your boat.
Luggage and bags:
A small backpack to carry your camera and binoculars in would be good. Plus take what ever you can't do without for the day.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear or take along some good walking shoes. The hill paths are rocky and sometime difficult to walk on,
A hat is a good thing to have for protction from the sun.
A swimsuit if you plan to wim or snorkel.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some tissue might come in handy because I don't remember there being any at the outside toilet.
Photo Equipment: Camera and lots of film or laaarge memory stick. It would be a good idea to put them in a plastic bag so they won't get wet when you come ashore.
Miscellaneous: Bring drinking water along with you. You may get thirsty before lunchtime.
Twenty-nine Seychelles warblers were relocated from Cousin to Aride in September 1988. All the bird survived and quickly adjusted to their new surroundings.
The population of warblers on Aride is now over 200.
Thus snatched from the brink of extinction,
the warbler is a great symbol of hope.
If man can save this tiny bird then other species in the Seychelles and throughout the world can surely be saved by wise and careful conservation management.
Most people come to Aride to see the birds but after lunch you will have time to snorkel, swim, or just sit on that beautiful beach for awhile.
Several reef sharks, turtles, manta ray, and fish were seen by our group.