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Lanzarote 5th to 23rd February 2012

  • Houbara Bustard seen well at four sites, and Cream-coloured Courser, Barbary Partridge, Berthelot's Pipit, African Blue Tit, Trumpeter Finch and Canary together with several subspecies confined to Macronesia and the Canary Islands were amongst the birding highlights...Alan Miller reports.

Lanzarote (Canary Islands) 18th  August – 1st  September 2011

  • The first night I only glimpsed a bird, but on the second night we had much better and prolonged views of a bird near a breeding cave. Personally this was the ornithological highlight of this holiday...E.J. Alblas reports.

Lanzarote 6th to 27th February 2011

  • Houbara Bustard, Berthalot’s Pipit, Trumpeter Finch and Canary together with several subspecies confined to Macronesia and the Canary Islands were amongst the birding highlights of a visit to Lanzarote in February 2011...Alan Miller reports.

Lanzarote New Year 2010

  • On the way back we passed the Salinas de Janubio where I had distant views of a solitary Greater Flamingo and many Black Winged Stilts....John and Thomas Yates report.

Lanzarote 2nd-16th October 2008

  • An early morning walk southward along the promenade from Playa Bastian produced 24 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Turnstones, 1 Little Egret, 2 Hoopoes, 1 Monk Parakeet and a small flock of Linnets. In addition Yellow-legged Gulls, Spanish Sparrows and Berthelot’s Pipits are widespread and commonly seen on a daily basis...Bob Marchant reports

Lanzarote April 2008

  • During the unusually hot and windy week of 21-28th April based at Costa Teguise, I managed to have a full day birding in the north of the island and daily short looks in the vicinity of the town....Peter Newmark reports.

Lanzarote 9-15th December 2007

  • 45 species were seen. This included most of the specialty birds; including Cream coloured courser.....Andy Lester reports
Spectacled warbler

Lanzarote, 28th Dec 06- 4th Jan 07

  • Based at Playa Blanca at the SW end of the Island, short trip report with photos....Iain Brown Reports

Lanzarote 19th Oct - 2nd Nov. 2005 

  • I have just returned from a 2 week family holiday to Lanzarote with my wife and 2 young daughters. I squeezed in as much birding whenever I could without trying to upset anyone. This involved taking the binoculars everywhere during daylight hours....John Armstrong reports.

Lanzarote January 20 – February 3rd 2005

  • It isn't often you get the chance to watch six male Houbara Bustards displaying in one day,  or see large flocks of Lesser Short-toed Larks and Trumpeter Finches at the same site....Allan Rimmer reports

Lanzarote 9th - 23rd December 2004

  • The 17th of December, when the wind blew from the east, for the only day of the holiday, will live long in the memory as a couple of Barbary Falcon, a pair of Ruddy Shelduck and a Grey Phalarope were all observed at close quarters!....David Tattersley reports

Birding Lanzarote 18th -25th November 2004

  • Nine Houbara Bustards, a Great Spotted Cuckoo and 77 Berthalot's Pipits were some of the birding highlights of a week spent on Lanzarote in November 2004...Alan Miller reports

Lanzarote and Fuerteventura February 2004

  • el Jable was fantastic.  We had our first Houbara within 10 minutes...They obviously like the bustard-sized spiny tussocks that cover parts of el Jable, because they dodge between them, head down, for cover..David Tomlinson reports.

Lanzarote December 2002

  • 4 Houbara Bustard (Including one displaying male). On my second visit I found three. Generally I found them relatively easy to see. Once you had located the first one inevitably another would follow shortly! The best areas were at the northern end of the plain just south of the Teguise/Yaiza road near the cement factory...David Tattersley reports.

Lanzarote 16 to 23 October 2002

  • This Autumn trip was to Costa Teguise in Lanzarote, it was a fairly quiet trip, birding-wise. I don't know whether we were just unlucky or whether Lanzarote is not at its best at this time of year. Certainly, you would not go there for the birds!...Bob Biggs reports

Lanzarote and Fuerteventura 31st Jan - 7th Feb 2002

  • We did see a Barbary Falcon rise up with prey – a bird looking very like a Cream-coloured Courser! Later we saw the falcon plucking and eating its catch. Berthelot’s Pipits were everywhere, as they are all over the island.....Terry and Brian Warhurst report.

Lanzarote Feb 2001

  • The north of the island is more vegetated and more mountainous than the south, including some impressive sea cliffs, and supports a greater range of birds although perhaps a lesser chance of seeing the Canary Islands' desert specialities. The cliffs feature some spectacular species such as Egyptian Vultures, a pair of which we observed from close range at the top of the cliffs near Haria....Chris Stamp reports

Lanzarote 12-25 Dec.2000

  • The next day we visited the northern part of the island and looked forward to seeing the Barbary Partrigde for the first time.  They are easy to see at and around the golf course, and in a short while we saw nearly 100.  Unfortunately we didnt look for Stone-Curlews, which are also here - close to the parking lot.  But we saw a juvenile Egyptian vulture being chased by a Kestrel...Jan Landsverk reports

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Some Useful bird books for the Canary Islands:
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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

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

And some useful travel books:

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.

AA Essential Lanzarote & Fuerteventura
Andrew Sanger: Buy from or

  • One of the best guides available. It is very user friendly with easy to use codes which covers just about everything you may need to know. Descriptions of places and attractions is brief but to the point, the only thing which could be improved would be the map as it not very accurate for driving purposes. Overall excellent guide with general information to interest all.

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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