This is the second part of my recent holiday blog to Lanzarote, which deals with the salt pans and lagoon at Salinas de Janubio. It is a popular place for birds, both resident and migrant and although salt is still produced here, there is very little disturbance to wildlife. I visited the lagoon four times during my stay, all on consecutive Sundays when salt making is closed and no workmen are about, so you have the place to yourself. Although Spring and Autumn are the best times to see the maximum amount of migrants, my visits in August still produced a good amount of birds. At any time of the year you can expect to see BLACK WINGED STILTS which are resident. The largest total that I saw was thirty, beautiful birds with their long red legs and black and white plumage. On the second of my visits and accompanied by my daughter, I had just parked the car in the very handy car park on the northern side of the lagoon next to the Atlantic Ocean, when I noticed a very large raptor flying towards the lagoon from the ocean and appeared to be clutching an object in its talons. A quick look through my binoculars revealed an OSPREY with a very big fish. It flew across the lagoon and landed on a piece of tall derelict machinery which must have been used at one time for salt production. The OSPREY then began to eat its catch. I managed to get reasonably close to it and saw that it was a juvenile. After thirty minutes or so it took off with what remained of the fish and flew off. I never saw it again on my subsequent visits. It was probably just passing through on its way to Africa. Also seen during my visits were BARTHELOT'S PIPIT, GREENSHANK, SOUTHERN GREY SHRIKE, KESTREL, YELLOW LEGGED GULL, COMMON SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, RINGED PLOVER, CURLEW SANDPIPER, WHIMBREL and SANDERLING. The salt pans are a lovely peaceful place and well worth a visit for birding.
Hi, I'm Roger Milligan. I have been interested in birds since I was a boy growing up in south east London, which was a long time ago. I now live in Farnborough, Hampshire.