By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 14, 2002 12:00 PM

On the subject of the birds and the bees, or rather, the Beatles: New groom Paul McCartney, 59, and his bride, Heather Mills, 34, are honeymooning on one of the Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean, according to a report on Friday over the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (and picked up by the Associated Press). The couple, who wed Tuesday at Castle Leslie in Ireland, reportedly departed Belfast’s airport on Thursday, the Seychelles station said. The precise location of the couple has not been divulged, but the Seychelles contain several private, wealthy enclaves, the most exclusive being Fregate, where bird watching is popular. Also, notes the AP, Fregate is home to one of the world’s rarest bugs — the giant tenebroid beetle. As PEOPLE reports in its latest cover story on the McCartneys’ fairy tale, $3.2 million marriage celebration, the couple exited the 17th-century Saint Salvator’s Church to the strains of McCartney’s “Wedding March” as bells began to peal. When the ringing stopped, so did the rain — and out came two rainbows. As PEOPLE reports, “It seemed an excellent omen for the couple, whose three-year romance has been buffeted by a tough British press and some difficult moments with McCartney’s children.”