Just back from a family holiday at Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, my favourite get away from it all destination. The weather was cloudy at first but then got back to being its usual hot and sunny self, with a cool Atlantic breeze to cool it down a little. Light conditions for bird photography as you can guess were superb. I have divided the blog and new photos into two parts, this one will deal with birds seen in Playa Blanca and in two or three weeks time, I will publish another blog and photos of birds seen at my favourite birding sight on the island at 'Salinas de Janubio', the salt pans and lagoon, which are about eight miles north of Playa Blanca on the west coast. By experience from previous holidays, I found that the best place to see birds at Playa Blanca is along the wide promenade that stretches from the lighthouse at one end to Papagayo at the other, about nine miles. On one side you have the Atlantic Ocean, with some sandy beaches but mainly of large lava rocks and on the other side
hotels, villas, bars and restaurants and some areas of waste ground. The rocks are good for YELLOW LEGGED GULLS, WHIMBREL, TURNSTONE, COMMON SANDPIPER and BARTHELOTS PIPIT. On one particular day when out walking with two of my grandsons, a male ELEANORAS FALCON was seen hunting migrants over the sea. The grounds of the hotels are always good for a scan, as they have mature trees, shrubs and large areas of grass, ideal HOOPOE habitat and I was not disappointed as on several occassions I saw this beautiful bird on grassed areas searching for food. Around the bars and restaurants you can normally find COLLARED DOVES and SPANISH SPARROWS. KESTRELS can be found hunting in most areas along with SOUTHERN GREY SHRIKES. Although August is a bit early to see returning migrants, which were conspicuous by their absence, the months of September and October are much busier when anything can turn up on its way to Africa.