Saturday, 18 March 2017


Hoping to post a full trip report from my recent trip to Fuerteventura in the near future, but now here's a small selection of images of some of the trips highlights. Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser, Fuerteventura Chat, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Berthelot's Pipit, Stone Curlew, Desert Grey Shrike, Fuerteventura Chat,  Egyptian Vulture, Audouins Gull, Red -billed Tropicbird, Kentish Plover, Trumpeter Finch, Spoonbill, Booted Eagle, Barbary Partridge, Barbary Falcon, Subalpine Warblers,Laughing Dove, Turtle Dove, Pied Flycatcher, Canary Island Chiffchaff, Great Reed Warbler, Plain and Pallid Swift and much more. 

Sandy plains at El Cotillio

Flock of Black-bellied Sandgrouse

Berthelot's Pipit


Lava Fields at El Cottilo

Black-bellied Sandgrouse



A typical Barranco at Betancuria, Fantastic habitat for many warblers and migrant birds

African Blue Tit



Laughing Dove

Painted Tiger Butterfly

Painted Lady

Sardinian Warbler

Spannish Sparrow

Turtle Dove

Rarity on Fuerteventura!!! A Yellow-browed Warbler, One of 5 seen

Audouins Gull

Barbary Partridge

Barbary Ground Squirrel

Fuerteventura Stonechat

Cory's Shearwaters passing in huge numbers off Correjalo

Cream-coloured Courser on Tindaya Plains

Los Moslinos reservoir

Hoopoe- Very common, 20+ seen daily across the Island

Houbara Bustard
Displaying male Houbara Bustard

Kentish Plover at Costa Calma beach


Little Ringed Plover



Ruddy Shelducks

Desert Grey Shrike-Very common across Fuerteventura

Spoonbills at Costa Calma beach 

Spectacled Warbler

Spannish Sparrow

Black-winged Stilts at Los Moslinos Reservoir

Trumpeter Finch-Seen daily in the plains and barrancos

Tindaya Plains-Great for Houbara Bustard and Coursers

Eygptian Vulture and Raven

Yellow-legged Gull

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Siberian Chiffchaff

Found this cracking SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at Sherborne Sewage Works during the weekend giving amazing close up views. Heard & seen giving classic "tristis" calls and some subsong. Also present include 15+ Colybita Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 15 Goldcrest, Bullfinch, 8 Siskin, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and 30+ Pied Wagtail.

Took a trip to Chew Valley Lakes to look at the large Gull flocks present and saw this putative Heuglin's type Lesser Black Backed Gull. Thoughts on this bird may be a hybrid Herring X Lsr Black backed Gull rather than Heuglin's but it shows some very interesting features. No sign of any Ring-billed Gulls, but 150+ Lesser Black backed Gull, 150+ Common Gull, 11 Scaup and 2 Black-necked Grebe other birds of note.

Short leggs, light slate grey mantle& wings, heavily streaked head, neck & flanks

Obvious white tail with 2 distinct markings, slate grey wings and dark streaked head giving hooded appearance

Heuglin's type Gull

Large white tail, dark primaries & pale grey mantle

The heavily streaked head, neck & flanks very distinct here.

Moult on Right Wing