Saturday, 5 May 2012

Holiday Snaps

No ringing again this morning, too windy, maybe tomorrow will be better.  Meantime CJ and Mrs. CJ are back from a week on Lanzarote, where CJ was allowed out for a morning birding by himself, and managed to secure a few piccies...

Berthelot's Pipit Anthus berthelotii is common and comes to crumbs in tourist car-parks, so that's an easy one.
Canary Islands Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis koenigi is fairly common too, though rather less approachable.
Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens, easily heard but harder to see, I just got onto this and a couple of others when my attention was distracted by something else...
Fairly distracting in the scheme of things, a Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor, one of three that put in an all-too-brief appearance.
The local race of Houbara Bustard, Chlamydotis undulata fuertaventurae, is usually seen departing rapidly from the scene; at least this one paused for a look before making itself scarce.
On the other hand, the main theme of the Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus seems to be "if I don't move he won't see me". You do tend to get a great many identical pictures of birds like this.

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