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La Palma

La Palma, Canary Islands 23-30 November 2009

  • We decided to visit La Palma to see the ‘palmensis’ Blue Tit, now split in the Netherlands as Palma Blue Tit. La Palma also has some other endemic (sub) species on offer....Eric Jan Alblas reports.

Birds and Butterflies on La Palma 18 February -10 March 2008

  • We knew La Palma to be lusher than many of the Canary Islands with a good coverage of Laurel forests, and with speciality birds and butterflies. With relatively little available information the challenge of a new place to explore excited us...Alan Miller reports.

La Palma, Canaries (.pdf file), 7-14 Dec. 2007

  • La Palma is a beautiful and at times spectacular island.One day I would like to return to see more of it, even though on the bird front I have seen practicallyeverything there is to see on the island...Martijn Voorvelt reports

La Palma, 19 - 27 October 2007

  • For a birdwatcher La Palma hold an endemic species, La Palma Blue Tit (Cyanistes palmensis), an endemic subspecies of Chaffinch (Fringillae coelebs ssp.palmensis) and other Micronesian endemics like Laurel Pigeon Columba junoniae, Bolle’s Pigeon.....Henk Hendricks reports

Gran Canaria

Birding in Gran Canaria 25th Jan-8th Feb 2010

  • The Iberostar gardens are beautiful and well maintained.  On most days there were blackbirds, canarian chiffchaff (very approachable) rose-ringed and monk parakeets, barbary dove and many feral pigeons...Peter Warne reports.

Gran Canaria 9 February-2 March 2009

  • We are pleased we made the effort to visit Gran Canaria. The weather was the best we have enjoyed on a February visit to the Canaries with only three showers in three weeks, and sun most of the time. The wildlife around the hotel and La Charca kept our interest with signs of both breeding and of migration; and of course finding an american vagrant gull...Alan Miller reports.


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Some Useful bird books for La Palma :
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Field Guide to the Birds of the Atlantic Islands: Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde
Tony Clarke: Buy from or

  • Long awaited. This excellent guide is the first to deal exclusively with the birds of this spectacular region. It covers all resident, migrant and vagrant species found in Macaronesia which comprises the Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde. This has to be the field guide of choice for anyone visiting the islands. The status notes on all the birds are particulary welcome.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Europe's best Field guide. If you only carry one field guide on a trip into Europe then this should be it. It provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and numerous illustrations to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding, etc).

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The Mini Rough Guide to Tenerife
Christian Williams: Buy from or

  • Great to see at last a book that shows the real Tenerife. Must sees that the books backs up are Teide & Gomera. Can't wait to explore the Northern island on my next trip! Hope the fact that a book exists about the island will be enough to make people view this as a possible holiday destination.

Nelles Travel Pack: Fuerteventura
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  • Nelles travel packs offer a guidebook and a full-size pull-out map in one. This pack provides travel information for anyone visiting Fuerteventura, featuring up-to-the-minute travel data.


Lonely Planet: Canary Islands
Miles Roddis: Buy from or

  • This guide book covers all seven Canary Islands and provides information on how to hop from one to the other. It covers activities from surfing to cycling, provides details of the fiesta and ferias held in the region, and offers information on traditional crafts and indigenous architecture.
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