Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Fuerteventura - February/March 2009

A fantastic two-week trip to Fuerteventura, managing to catch up with nearly all the key bird species plus a few migrants.

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.

Male Fuerteventura stonechat - this has got to be one of the best birds ever...

Cistanche phelypaeum

Cheer up! Miserable Stone curlew

Guirre (Egyptian vulture)

Barbary partridge running away as usual

Female Kentish plover

Juvenile Guirre


Confiding Turnstone

Another Gronk

Spanish sparrow

Female chat


Crean-coloured courser

Gallotia atlantica

For news on ornithology in the Canary Islands check out Juan Jose Ramos' excellent Birding Canarias blog
and the website of the Sociedad Ornitologica Canaria run by Eduardo Garcia-del-Rey contains some of the latest research on the evolution and breeding biology of Canarian bird species.

1 comment:

Midmarsh John said...

Looks as though you had a busy time photographing the variety of wildlife. My favourite amongst these is the speckled brown bird sat on green leaves. The large version of this looks a really beautiful sharp capture.