Saturday, 3 January 2015

Fuerteventura, by foot

Normally when going abroad, car hire is quite a straightforward thing to book, but for some reason, whether it be the New Year holiday or just a general shortage, we were unable to hire a car on arrival, and so have spent the last couple of days since arriving on New Year's day exploring on foot.  Based near Caleta de Fuste, there is apparently good birding locally though after 2 full days, the species list has staggered into double figures.  Thankfully, we do have a car from tomorrow morning and so will be able to explore much more widely. A 14km walk yesterday down as far as the Salinas to the south of the village failed to produce many of the local specialities, though a few flighty Lesser Short-toed Larks and a Southern Grey Shrike on the plains were of interest, though not in the slightest bit photogenic.  Much better were a group of 5 Trumpeter Finches waiting for crumbs from tourists as were several Barbary Ground Squirrels.

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