First of all I would like to thank Eddie for organising the trip and all his driving well done mate !!!
Flew from Stansted Airport arrived at El Matorral Airport mid afternoon, went to Lidl Supermarket to stocked up on food and beer. Then proceeded to our Villa, which we finally found after a few wrong turns. After we settled in we went for a recce of Tindaya where we were going the next day for the Houbara Bustard. We found one fairly quickly but not enough light for a photograph. We returned to the villa and then to a local restaurant for an evening meal.
Found two Houbara Bustard's very close to the car, got some amazing views
Also a very large flock of Lesser short-toed Larks
And distant views of 3 Cream Coloured Corsers.
But views of the following birds:-
White Stork (very distant)
The to second dam for another fruitless search for the elusive Dwarf Bittern
Other birds seen :-
African Blue Tit (Cyanistes teneriffae)
Canary Island Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus dacotiae)
The off to Barranco de la Torre,
Los Molinos, Reservoir
Distant shot of Spoonbills, Black Winged Stilts, Little Egrets, Ruddy Shelducks
Back to Llanos Pelados, Fuerteventura to try and see the Dwarf Bittern (fruitless again)
Fuertventra Stonechat (Saxicola dacotiae)
Male and Female
We waited for 3 hours then decided to leave, as no sign of the Dwarf Bittern, when we got back to the car, we gave the rubbish dump a look we found, Plain Swift (no pics) and Southern Grey Shrike
As we were leaving a British couple arrived and asked if we had seen the Dwarf Bittern, we said no, but told them where to look and exchanged mobile numbers, then we left, 10 minutes later they call us to say they had found the Dwarf Bittern, it had flown in to exactly where we had been for 3 hours, so we raced back and got distant views.
La Pared Desert, Fuerteventura
After a rainy start the sun finally came out
Cream Coloured Corser (distant)
Southern Grey Shrike (lanius meridionalis koenigii)
Then to Costa Calma, Risco del Sasso
It started to rain, so I decided to stay in the car and Eddie and Laurence went to look at lagoons.
Eddie and Laurence coming back
I managed to get photo's of a Berthelot's Pipit
(see separate Blog entry)
Barbary Partridge (Alectoris barbara)
We all had a great time