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Chris Feare is an ecologist whose career has been devoted to research on birds that interact with man's interests in the form of conservation problems or in posing threats to man's livelihoods and safety. He first visited Seychelles in 1971, living there for two years to undertake research on Sooty Terns and the effects of commercial harvesting of their eggs. This led to a lifelong interest in Sooty Terns and other seabirds, and to his enduring love of the islands. For over 40 years he has travelled widely in Seychelles and witnessed remarkable changes, affecting both birds and humans.
The aim of Orange Omelettes & Dusky Wanderers is to describe these in the hope that they will interest Seychellois, tourists and visiting scientists alike, and also to inform his family and friends why he regularly forsakes Britain for the verdant mountains, white coral sands, crystal clear blue ocean and tropical warmth of this beautiful corner of the Indian Ocean.
"In this rich and detailed account of four decades spent studying seabirds in the Seychelles, Chris Feare skilfully merges an autobiographical narrative with insightful vignettes outlining various aspects of the geography, natural history and culture of the islands to create a gripping read, laden with information. [...] I was captivated by the book and its subject material; a must read for anyone wishing to learn more about the natural history, geography and culture of this diverse island nation."
– Liam Langley, Seabird 31 (2018)