Canary Islands Endemics

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Species of Interest

  • Barbary Partridge 
  • Ruddy Shelduck 
  • Cory’s Shearwater 
  • Egyptian Vulture (ssp. majorensis) 
  • Common Buzzard (ssp. insular) 
  • Common Kestrel (ssp. canariensis & dacotiae) 
  • Barbary Falcon 
  • Houbara Bustard (ssp. fuertaventurae) 
  • Eurasian Stone-Curlew (ssp. insular) 
  • Cream-Colored Courser 
  • Black-Bellied Sandgrouse 
  • Bolle’s Pigeon (Endemic) 
  • Laurel Pigeon (Endemic) 
  • Laughing Dove 
  • Plain Swift 
  • Eurasian Hoopoe 
  • Southern Grey Shrike (ssp. koenigi) 
  • Northern Raven (ssp. canariensis) 
  • Lesser Short-Toed Lark (ssp. polatzeki) 
  • African Blue Tit (ssp. degener & teneriffae) 
  • Canary Islands Kinglet (Endemic) 
  • Canary Islands Chiffchaff (Endemic) 
  • Spectacled Warbler (ssp. orbital) 
  • Fuerteventura Stonechat (Endemic) 
  • Berthelot’s Pipit (Macaronesian Endemic) 
  • Corn BuntingBlue Chaffinch (Endemic) 
  • Trumpeter Finch 
  • Island Canary 
  • Spanish Sparrow
 
The Canary Islands are a volcanic archipelago with a subtropical climate and unique avifauna. As an extension to a birding trip to Morocco, these islands are ideal. The individual islands have distinct microclimates and are home to different species and endemics. During this trip we will visit two of the seven islands: Tenerife and Fuerteventura. 

Tenerife is well vegetated and has tracts of sub-tropical laurel forest that gives us a chance to see all the endemic species of this island and most of the subspecies. Some of the most interesting species we are likely to see here cannot be seen anywhere else in the world! This is the case of the Laurel’s Pigeon, the Bolle’s Pigeon or the Blue Chaffinch

Fuerteventura, which is just 100 km away from the African coast, is effectively desert or semi desert. The two key species on Fuerteventura are the Fuerteventura Chat, a passerine that frequents the island’s vegetated ‘barrancos’, and the Houbara Bustard (ssp. fuertaventurae), which inhabits the desert plains and rolling hillsides. As we search for the bustard and chat, we should come across Berthelot's Pipit (Macaronesian endemic), Trumpeter Finch and the Barbary Partridge, two more dry country specialists which are more numerous and generally easier to find here than on Tenerife. We may also be lucky enough to see a few Marbled Duck and Ruddy Shelduck here. 

Of course there are other species to see in this archipelago, which include: Plain Swift, Southern Grey Shrike (ssp. koenigi), Common Buzzard (ssp. insularum), Barbary Falcon, Common Kestrel (ssp. canariensis, dacotiae), Lesser Short-toed Lark (ssp. polatzeki) and Spectacled Warbler.

Trip Basics

Guide: Yeray Seminario 

Length of tour: 8 days 

Price (Including Flight Tenerife - Fuerteventura):
- 2 people: 2510$ per person

- 4 people: 1680$ per person

- 6 people: 1530$ per person 

Single Room Supplement: 275$ 

Maximum number of participants: 6 people 

Lodging: Confortable and clean hotels near some of the birding areas 

Food: Quality local food and typical dishes 

Weather: Mild temperatures, with a possibility of rain in Tenerife and wind in Fuerteventura. Normally very pleasant weather throughout the year. 

Difficulty: Easy. Short walks and gentle pace while birding in both islands
Notes and Recommendations for the trip

Notes and Recommendations for the trip

Visa

Apart from a valid passport, most travellers, including those coming from U.S. or rest of Europe won’t need a tourist visa to enter Spain for up to 90 days.

Weather

Weather it’s pleasant throughout the year, remaining sunny and warm even through the winter. You should bring a hat and sun block, as it can get a little bit hot at noon. It can also be cold and humid at times in Tenerife, specially at higher altitudes, so warm layers and a light rain jacket is also recommended.

Time difference

GMT +0:00

Money and approximate exchange rates

The Euro (€) is the oficial currency in Spain, currently value at approximately 1,27 US$ (1US$=0,79€). There are multinational banks in Tenerife and Fuerteventura and exchange office at the airport. All banks on the island have ATMs and most of the shops will take credit and debit cards.

Airlines

Our meeting point for this trip will be at the Tenerife North airport. There are many companies which have direct flights to Tenerife from many european cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, London, Madrid or Oslo, among others.

Lodging

During our time in the islands, we will be staying in nice, comfortable hotels, conveniently located to explore the best birding hotspots.

Transportation

We will move around the islands in a comfortable van equipped with AC for the warmest hours of the day.

Communications

Our hotels provide free Wifi. 

Pace of the Tour

This is a really easy, comfortable trip, ideal for photographers. Those willing to join our guides on a morning walk before breakfast, are very welcome to do so, and those who prefer to rest a little bit more and just enjoy our drives to look for the birds will have that option as well.

Packing Essentials

1. Hat or visor to shade you from the sunlight
2. Sunglasses
3. Sun block
4. Light, comfortable clothes
5. A warm sweater for cool mornings and evenings
6. Binoculars
7. Camera

Health

There are no vaccinations required for entry into Spain. Food and water are very safe throughout the country.

Security

Spain is very safe in general.

Smokers

As a courtesy to all of our guests, smoking is not allowed in the vehicles or when we all meet for dinner or to go over our bird sightings for the day, etc.  If you share a room with a non-smoker, please refrain from smoking in the room. If you would like to smoke while we are in the field, please do so at a distance from the group.  

Photography

This trip will offer some wonderful opportunities for photographers. It is a good idea to bring along lots of extra cards, and maybe an extra battery, even though there will be power in your room at all times to charge them. 

Publications and Field Guides

We recommend “Collins Bird Guide: The most complete guide to the birds of Britain and Europe” by Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterstrom and Peter J Grant. 

Other suggestions and recommendations

If possible, bring good optical equipment such as binoculars and even a spotting scope. 

Please, take a moment to read our Terms and Conditions which contain important information about our trips such as: what is included in the price of the tour and what isn’t; our reimbursement policy; our trip cancellation policy; as well as other information which may be useful to you when planning your trip with us.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Tenerife and drive to our hotel in Buenavista. If there’s time in the afternoon, we will take a walk around the hotel, where we will have a chance to see our first endemic: Canary Islands Chiffchaff! 

Day 2 
Today we will visit the western part of the island, including Teno and Monte del Agua. We will focus on the endemic pigeons, Bolle’s and Laurel Pigeon, which are the hardest endemics to get. Also, we will have chances to see Rock Sparrow and Barbary Falcon.

Day 3 
We will dedicate part of the day to drive the scenic road around El Teide, the highest peak in Spain, while making strategic stops for birding. Some large patches of Canarian Pine are good for Blue Chaffinch and other local specialties, like Island Canary and Berthelot’s Pipit.






Day 4 
During our last full day in Tenerife, we will visit the northern part of the island and the Anaga peninsula, where we will be able to see Canary Islands Kinglet, African Blue Tit and Plain Swift, to name a few.


Day 5 
Flight to Fuerteventura and drive to hotel. Visit to Corralejo and look for passerines, including Lesser Short-toed Lark, Linnet and Southern Grey Shrike . If time allows, we will visit El Cotillo, with some coastal scenery and possibilities to see our first Houbara Bustards and Stone Curlews.


Day 6 
During the day we will visit the ponds of Catalina García, the Egyptian Vulture near Tiscamanita, the charming town of Betancuria. During the afternoon we will visit the reservoir of Los Molinos, Las Parcelas and Tindaya.


Day 7 
This morning we will drive to the southern end of the island, visiting Cofete and Morro Jable. Later, we will stop in Costa Calma, which in the past has provided rare birds for the region, like Olive-backed Pipit and Yellow-browed Warbler. The visit to Gran Tarajal might provide Laughing Dove, while Alares pond, El Carmen Salt Pans and Barranco de la Torre, are a good place for waders and some passerines, like Spectacled Warbler or Trumpeter Finch.

Day 8
An early morning visit to Fimanpaire will give us a good chance to see Fuerteventura Stonechat and Barbary Partridge. Departure.

 * We will keep the itinerary flexible in order to take advantage of possible interesting sightings by other observers and weather conditions.

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