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  1. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    Footnote: though much uncertainty still remained concerning flights and Covid restrictions, not to mention the departure of a certain vessel off South Africa, Plan A was still not dead - in my final days on Fuerteventura, things seemed to be aligning for adventures in South Africa. It was very...
  2. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    I was impressed to encounter the RBFly too :) Will try to do the species list today or tomorrow.
  3. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    If one day, and if you're interested in butterflies too, I'd say start at Barranco de Rio Cabras and give it some lengthy exploration, including the stony plain above (Fuerteventura Stonechat easy, Med Short-tailed Lark on the plain, plenty more), then to Betancuria for butterflies, then perhaps...
  4. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    If anybody is interested, can post a full species list of birds and butterflies too.
  5. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    8 January. Fuerteventura (Costa Calma) Final day on Fuerteventura, decided to head south to the Costa Calma area. And a very good decision it turned out to be - finishing the trip on a high, Auduoin's Gulls, a vagrant Red-breasted Flycatcher, both Plain and Pallid Swift and the established...
  6. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    I guessed they had to be there - saw 21 in two days on my last visit to Fuerteventura some years back, but total zilch this time. Saw a few other people looking while I was there this time, nobody saw any. You must have flushed it 😅😅😅
  7. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    4-7 January. Fuerteventura (Tindaya Plain et al) Was supposed to be working, though did pleasantly punctuate it with frequent ambles around northern Fuerteventura. Tried three times to connect with Cream-coloured Courser on Tindaya, saw Houbara Bustards each time, plus another Stone Curlew, but...
  8. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    Small White is the most common white that I encountered.
  9. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    Large White was first recorded on Lanzarote in the 1990s and, though I found relatively few reports on butterflies in general on Fuerteventura, there are a couple of other recent reports of Large Whites on Fuerteventura. My guess is that Large White now has a population in the north of...
  10. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    3 January. Fuerteventura (Tindaya Plain, North Coast). Arriving on the flat stony plains south of El Cotillo, the plan this day was a concerted effort on the desert species. Got off to a flying start with three mega close Houbara Bustards in the pre-dawn twilight a mere couple of kilometres...
  11. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    2 January. Fuerteventura (Caleta de Fuste, Betancuria & Barranco de los Molinos) Swapped the motorbike to a car, then an early start on the coast at Caleta de Fuste with a number of waders (Grey Plover, Sanderlings, Dunlin, etc) and added extras such as Hoopoe and Spanish Sparrow. For the...
  12. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    I saw small pipistrelle type bats on a couple of evenings. But didn't go outside after dusk often, so may have been more :)
  13. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    The famous Barranco de Rio Cabras
  14. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    1 January. Fuerteventura (Barranco de Rio Cabras & La Oliva) Big day, Canaries style. First bird of the year Rock Dove, followed by Ravens and Egyptian Vultures with White Stork and Common Buzzard next. Kicked off the New Year with a return to the Barranco de Rio Cabras, this time exploring the...
  15. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    Did that on the way down 👍
  16. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    I did it on the motorbike one day and with a car a couple of days later ...I thought it was quite moderate slopes and drops :) Don't take your wife to the Andes
  17. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    31 December. Fuerteventura (Barranco de Rio Cabras & Betancuria) Superb day with good birding and a surprising abundance of butterflies. In tee-shirt and shorts, a chilly pre-dawn ride on the motorbike, but the result was worth it - as the sun began to rise, I was on the rocky lip of Barranco...
  18. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    As of a couple of days, back in the lands of Hazel Grouse and woodpeckers
  19. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    I would say absolutely not. Only real use would be for seawatching, and February is still basically very poor seawatching
  20. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    30 December. Fuerteventura (Caleta de Fuste & Embalse de los Molinos) Arrival in Fuerteventura at 5.00 am, an unearthly hour with all bar a small portside coffee shop closed and shuttered. Utilised the said coffee shop, then headed a few kilometres up the coast to Caleta de Fuste for sunrise...
  21. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    29 December. Gran Canaria (Viera y Clavijo & Tamaraciete). Last day on Gran Canaria, focused on butterflies with a return to the Viera y Clavijo botanical gardens. Got there a bit too early, the deep valley still in shade, but a few birds to while away the time - one Night Heron at roost, a...
  22. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    28 December. Gran Canaria (Maspalomas & Las Palmas) After the exertion of the previous day, an easy-going day in the southern resort of Maspolomas. Heaps of Monk Parakeets bombing all over the place and four Laughing Doves, my first of the trip, but the main attraction was the small coastal...
  23. Jos Stratford

    Canary Islands, Plan B in the Era of Omicron

    Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch habitat
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