Our first tour of 2023 was to one of our favourite places, the island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.
The birding was as ever very good with our group seeing the endemic CANARY ISLANDS STONECHAT plus the regional subspecies of HOUBARA BUSTARD, CREAM-COLOURED COURSER, EUROPEAN STONE-CURLEW, AFRICAN BLUE TIT, COMMON BUZZARD, MEDITERRANEAN SHORT-TOED LARK, BERTHELOT’S PIPIT, NORTHERN RAVEN, EGYPTIAN VULTURE, YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, COMMON KESTREL, GREAT GREY SHRIKE, BARBARY PARTRIDGE, COMMON LINNET, TRUMPETER FINCH and both SARDINIAN & SPECTACLED WARBLERS.
Perhaps the rarest bird went to the RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD that we had amazing views of in flight and on the ground.
Fuerteventura is an excellent place for insects and we saw thousands of VAGRANT EMPERORS plus SAHARA BLUETAIL, MONARCH BUTTERLY and the stunning SILVER-STRIPED HAWKMOTH.
All this plus lovely accommodation, food and pretty good weather made it a very enjoyable to trip to lead and we look forward to returning in the future.