Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Tenerife, Canary Islands.

The day after the day before.

Blue Chaffinches (Pinzón Azul de Tenerife / Fringilla teydea).
To my great surprise we were all up and at it first thing and even after the stressful day yesterday we spent a good bit of the time Laughing and enjoying the stunning birds.
Atlantic Canary (Canario / Serinus canaria).
We started the day with a drive up on to the pine clad slopes of Mount Tiede, on the way up we pulled off at a picnic area and almost instantly we stumbled across the first of a few Blue Chaffinches (Pinzón Azul de Tenerife / Fringilla teydea) which was on the ground near some bins.
Atlantic Canary (Canario / Serinus canaria).
We saw a couple more of these beautiful birds as well as lots of Atlantic Canary (Canario / Serinus canaria), several Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major canariensis), Rock Pigeon (Paloma Bravia / Columba livia) and whilst we were watching these birds there was a great commotion going on above us between several Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax) and a silvery looking Barbary Falcon (Halcón Tagarote / Falco pelegrinoides) which was nice.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major canariensis).
We drove further on and stopped briefly at the parking area for the cable car to the summit bit it was windy and a tad cool so we decided to drop back down to the picnic area via several view points on the way where we took some view shots and saw Berthelots Pipit (Bisbita Caminero / Anthus berthelotii).
Blue Chaffinch (Pinzón Azul de Tenerife / Fringilla teydea).
Back at the picnic site we had fantastic views of another Great Spotted Woodpecker which was feeding close to us for a while, as well as 4 more Blue Chaffinches and Atlantic Canary.
Up on Tiede.
We dropped down to the hotel having some lunch on the way, we had an hour the to sort out some administration after the big problems of yesterday. At 15.00 we went down to the coast at La Galletas to have another look at the White-rumped Sandpiper (Correlimos Culiblanco / Calidris fuscicollis) which we saw earlier in the week. The bird showed well along with it's mates, two Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula).
Up on Tiede.
Whilst there we also had views of Red-veined (Sympetrum fonscolombii) and Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea), Vagrant Emperor (Emperatriz emigrante / Anax ephippiger) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).
Green rocks on Tiede.
We walked out on the prom nearby where we eventually found the two regular Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus).
Up on Tiede.
We returned to the van and then we took the windy steep way back to the hotel.

Up on Tiede.
Mick up on Tiede.
Up on Tiede.
Nick on Tiede.
Blue Chaffinch (Pinzón Azul de Tenerife / Fringilla teydea).
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major canariensis).
White-rumped Sandpiper (Correlimos Culiblanco / Calidris fuscicollis).
White-rumped Sandpiper (Correlimos Culiblanco / Calidris fuscicollis).
White-rumped Sandpiper (Correlimos Culiblanco / Calidris fuscicollis).
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii).
White-rumped Sandpiper (Correlimos Culiblanco / Calidris fuscicollis).
White-rumped Sandpiper (Correlimos Culiblanco / Calidris fuscicollis).

Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus).

Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus).
Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).

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