As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 8 March 2019

11-year-old author - with high-level help - chronicles Seychelles’ diverse bird life

Victoria, Seychelles | February 8, 2019, Friday @ 10:36 in Environment » GENERAL | By: Salifa Karapetyan Edited by: Betymie Bonnelame 
Titled “Seychelles Travel Book – A Young Ornithologist’s Travel Journal” -- the book is the third published work of Francesco Barberini, an aspiring ornithologist aged 11. An ornithologist is a person that studies or is an expert on birds.
The book which came out in December is the first of a series dubbed “Francesco birdwatching travel.” It covers the splendid nature of the Seychelles, in particular, the birdlife, which distinguishes these 115 tropical islands of the western Indian Ocean.
Qatar Airways and Swarovski Optik Italia sponsored the project. To put the book together, Barberini spent ten days in Seychelles, a trip organised in June 2018 by the Seychelles Tourism Board office in Italy.
With 128 pages in colour, richly illustrated with maps, photographs and original drawings, the book can be purchased online at Pandion Edizioni for $23. At the request of the author, part of the book’s profits will be donated to the birdlife conservation projects on Denis and Cousine Islands in the Seychelles.     
The director of the Seychelles Tourism Board office in Italy, Monette Rose, along with her staff also assisted with the writing of the book.
Written in his own style, Barberini has transferred his observations and emotions felt into writing. Available in English, French and Italian, the book even consists of checklists of all species observed and lots of information about the islands visited by the boy.

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