Thoughout the year at least 20 different bird species can be seen at any one time, including resident sea and land birds as well as non-breeding migratory birds. For the keen bird watcher, the best time to visit Bird Island is April, May and October, November. This is when the winds change from the south east to the north west and rare visitors are blown off course, making landfall on Bird Island before continuing their migration.
Bird Island has no light pollution and the night skies are particularly clear between November and April - perfect for viewing the southern hemisphere constellations. The island has no lights on its grounds to provide minimum disturbance to resident birds as well as reducing the risk to nesting Green Turtles who can easilly become disorientated by artificail light.
Weather conditions mean the best time for snorkelling is between October and April when the sea is calm and clear. The north west trade winds blow during this period and this is generally when rain showers can occur, although as you are in the tropics, it should be noted that rain can occur at almost any time! During the period of south easterly trade winds (May to September), the best snorkelling areas are exposed to this wind making the sea rough and visibility poor. However, swimming on the west coast near the main lodge is unaffected as it protected from the prevailing winds and the sea mainly calm.
It should be noted that the weather on Bird, and indeed most of the Seychelles outer coral islands, is significantly drier and sunnier than that of the inner mountaineous granitic islands. This includes the main island of Mahe from which many guides take their 'Seychelles weather details'! Bird Island, for example, is some 100kms north of Mahe Island and is not generally affected by the weather patterns created as a result of winds having to rise over the mountains of Mahe and the other inner islands, thereby causing higher rainfall. Bird generally has around half the annual; rainfall of Mahe.
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