Saturday, March 03, 2012

Tenerife weekend, Friday 24th February 2012

It's time for a long weekend break... of course it is! This time it's Tenerife, an island with some endemic species found nowhere else on the planet. It's the largest island in the Canaries, a territory of Spain, and a volcano.

Here it is on approach (roughly a 4-hour flight from the UK):


We landed, picked up our hire car and headed o the first place we'd identified for birding. We didn't see much to be honest, but some Berthelot's Pipits were showing well:


And our first lifer, a Canary Island Chiffchaff:



We had a Spanish omelette lunch but I was so tired we decided to head first to the port to check the ferry timetable and then on to our hotel for a few beers before dinner and then an early night. The sunset before dinner, over La Gomera, was spectacular:






The fading but orange light created some good effects on the coastal water: too



Dinner was good, the typical Canary Island resort buffet with some decent and very keenly priced Rioja.

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