Archive for April, 2012

Lanzarote Birding – A Houbara Bustard.

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Here is the Houbara Bustard that was very high up on my target list when on Lanzarote.

I had done some homework before I travelled to compile a list of target species and also some ideas as to where on the island certain species might be found. The area around Playa Blanca was noted to be one of the most likely places that the Houbara Bustard would be seen. I therefore spent a good portion of my time searching the plains to the West and North of Playa Blanca in search of this bird.

I managed to find them a few times over the course of the week and this image shows a little of the environment that the Bustard enjoys.

Lanzarote Birding – A Spanish Sparrow bathing…

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Here is one of the most common birds found in Lanzarote, the Spanish Sparrow.

It wasn’t a difficult bird to find as you would expect so I had to find an opportunity to photograph this bird “in action”. I have often said that water is like a magnet to wildlife so when I came across this shallow pool I knew it wouldn’t be long before something came along for a drink.

Having quenched its thirst, this Sparrow made use of the water to freshen up and take a bath…

Lanzarote Birding – A Hoopoe….

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Next up from my Lanzarote trip is the Hoopoe.

This species proved to be a bit of a challenge to photograph. Initially I was searching in the South of the Island where I failed to find a single Hoopoe. I then visited the golf course at Tachiche in the North East where several Hoopoes were observed. I thought that my first afternoon session with these birds went reasonably well until I took a closer look on my computer later that evening. Every image was affected by heat haze and I knew a return trip would be needed.

Fortunately the island is not that big so, later the same week, I returned in the evening time when this image was recorded.

Lanzarote Birding – A Southern Grey Shrike…

Monday, April 9th, 2012

My next subject from Lanzarote is the Southern Grey Shrike.

I found this Southern Grey Shrike to the east of Playa Blanca just inland from the coast. It spent most of its time on some fairly dry and weary looking vegetation. Typically, it would perch on the highest bushes before jumping down to feed in-between the stones and rocks on the ground. Having got some record images of the bird on top of the bushes, I decided to settle in at floor level and wait for the Shrike to come into range.

After a while the Shrike hopped onto this rock which helped lift it out of the “mush” along the bottom of the frame.

Lanzarote Birding – A Stone Curlew, on stones…

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Here is another from my recent trip to Lanzarote.

This Stone Curlew image was taken early one morning just as the sun cleared the horizon. I came across two birds earlier in the week and managed to get some record images before the Curlews did their usual trick of calmly walking away with their backs to the camera. This image was taken at the same location, to the east of Playa Blanca, a couple of days later.

By being patient and spending more time in their company before reaching for the camera, I was able to get very close.