The first week was spent birding and ringing, based at a Government Research Station in La Oliva arranged by Eduardo Garcia-del-Rey. The second week was more relaxed and spent with my wife in a lovely house in the mountains at Rosa del Taro near Triquivijate.
Winter 2008/9 had been a wet one in Fuerteventura, with many days of rain and some cold weather. This had left the island looking extremely verdant and allowed us to do a great deal of botanising.
For news on ornithology in the Canary Islands check out Juan Jose Ramos' excellent Birding Canarias blog www.birdingcanarias.blogspot.com
and the website of the Sociedad Ornitologica Canaria www.avescanarias.com run by Eduardo Garcia-del-Rey contains some of the latest research on the evolution and breeding biology of Canarian bird species.