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Recent content by Brian Stone

  1. Brian Stone

    Birding in Alicante Province

    I've seen Viperine Snake at El Clot; probably the most frequently encountered snake in wetlands in the region.
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    Crested/Thekla Lark, Costa Blanca, Spain

    This pair continue to be a headache. This site has many Crested Larks and this may be another one going by the spikey crest. But breast streaking, ground colour and bill shape have me wondering. One of a pair habitually perching on trees and low vegetation (which is what initially drew my...
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    Manx or Barolo Shearwater, Canaries

    Really interested in this sighting (and great job getting photos). I had two Puffinus spp through during many hours of watching 1000s of Cory's passing Punta del Hidalgo last month. One was a small bird, strikingly clean black and white with a white 'face' (isolated eye) and fast direct flight...
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    Fuerteventura & Lanzarote Pelagics, Red-billed Tropicbird, etc.

    I'll add another update as well. Cory's continue to stream past Punta Del Hidalgo, especially in the late afternoons it seems. Now logged well over 1000 past here with 500 past in 90 minutes on 24th Feb but sadly nothing else with them as yet. I made the longish drive south to the flesh pots of...
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    Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Santa Pola; 3 months mostly with no car

    Great. Could you send me a pin of where you had it please? Hoping to have a go tomorrow when we run the guests back to the south airport. 45 minutes a Hidalgo from 11:40 this morning was another Cory's fest with 121 going north but again nothing else.
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    Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Santa Pola; 3 months mostly with no car

    Thanks. Yes, I've been aware but a long way away. Should be down there Thursday and have some advice on where to look. Recent efforts have mostly involved seawatching from Punta Del Hidalgo but only turned up 2 Gannets on 17th Feb and 2 more on 20th and a whole lot more Cory's Shearwaters...
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    Fuerteventura & Lanzarote Pelagics, Red-billed Tropicbird, etc.

    And 90 minutes here this evening netted 304 Cory's going north. Otherwise only Yellow-legged Gulls.
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    Another photo from the pyrenees

    Hazard a guess at Mistle Thrush.
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    Fuerteventura & Lanzarote Pelagics, Red-billed Tropicbird, etc.

    My most recent session was an hour from Punta del Hidalgo (N tip of Tenerife) yesterday: 15 Cory's, 2 Gannets. One Gannet and a couple of Cory's reasonably close. Otherwise everything well offshore.
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    Fuerteventura & Lanzarote Pelagics, Red-billed Tropicbird, etc.

    I took a look off the northern tip of Tenerife around the middle of the day but only had fairly distant Cory's. I was facing more west though and it was before the bad weather really set in.
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    Fuerteventura & Lanzarote Pelagics, Red-billed Tropicbird, etc.

    The Barolo went past Punta del Hidalgo on 9th Feb among a good northerly movement of Cory's during a period of southerly winds. I'm a bit over-optimistic when it comes to seawatching so phrases like "dead for seabirds" don't really register :). I was back at the point this morning in a brisk...
  12. Brian Stone

    Moth Caterpillar

    Pretty sure that's Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa). Species that overwinter as larvae (the majority) survive by lying dormant when food is unavailable. I guess a number of factors could trigger them into becoming active.
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    Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Santa Pola; 3 months mostly with no car

    Others including White-banded Digger Bee.
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    Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Santa Pola; 3 months mostly with no car

    Tenerife, the first 10 days Bajamar The green jagged mountainous landscape of the northern part of Tenerife where we are based is a huge contrast to the arid, flat lands of Fuerteventura. We are based in Bajamar on the edge of the lush laural forests of the Anaga massif and this time a car is...
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