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Main wildlife sites Canary Islands (East toWest) LANZAROTE Central Plains. The sandy plains west and north-west of Teguise are the best place to see the desert specialist birds such as Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser and Stone Curlew, which are perhaps easier to see here than on Fuerteventura because they are more concentrated. Trumpeter Finch and Lesser Short-toed Lark may also be seen by slowly driving the tracks and using your car as a hide. HariaValley. The gardens, cultivated areas and scrub in this relatively moist valley are good for Atlantic Canary, the endemic subspecies of African Blue Tit, Common Linnet, European Greenfinch and Barbary Dove, as well as a range of butterflies including Greenish Black-tip, and Atlantic Lizard. The nearby Famara cliffs have both Eleonora’s and Barbary Falcons as well as Corn Bunting and a wide range of endemic plants. Salinas de Janubio. The salt pans and tidal lagoon here are wonderful places for birding; large numbers of shorebirds are present, including breeding Kentish and Ringed Plovers, and Black-winged Stilts in some years. Trumpeter Finch and Lesser Short-toed Lark also occur here, as well as Atlantic Lizard and East Canary Gecko in the walls. Playa Blanca. The well-watered parks and hotel grounds attract a range of small migrant birds, and there are Great Grey Shrikes on the outskirts and egrets and shorebirds along the coast. The nearby headland of Punta Pechiguera offers good sea-watching, while the plain of El Rubicon north of the resort sustains Trumpeter Finch, Stone Curlew, Lesser Short-toed Lark and a few Houbara Bustards and Cream-coloured Coursers. FUERTEVENTURA Northern Plains. The dry rolling plains around El Cotillo and La Oliva are among the best areas to look for the desert specialists such as Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser, Black-bellied Sandgrouse and Stone Curlew. Try driving the tracks slowly early in the morning and stopping regularly to scan. Trumpeter Finch and Lesser Short-toed Lark are also common here, while Canary Islands Stonechat and Barbary Partridge can be seen at the head of the Fimapaire valley near La Oliva. East Coast Barrancos. The must-see Canary Islands Stonechat is widespread and common in rocky valleys such as the Barranco de la Torre. This barranco also holds an introduced population of Gran Canaria Giant Lizard, as well as the native Atlantic Lizard and Eastern Canary Skink. The barrancos are also great places to look for dragonflies, including the El Jable plain, Lanzarote. Each island has its own unique range of habitats and species, so all are worthy of exploration . There are many places that will reward a visit, but key sites for each island are listed briefly here . 20 recently arrived Violet Dropwing and Long Skimmer. The tamarisks are good for migrant warblers. Central Hills. The hills and valleys around Betancuria are excellent for butterflies, including Fuerteventura Greenstriped White and Greenish Black-tip, while the nearby valley of Las Peñitas has many Plain Tigers and a good range of dragonflies, including Tropical Bluetail. The Peñitas valley and the nearby gardens at Betancuria are also good places to see the endemic form of African Blue Tit, as well as Barbary Partridge, Laughing Dove, European Goldfinch, Sardinian Warbler and Barbary Ground Squirrel, although the former reservoir at the west end of the valley is now mostly dry except after heavy rain. Reservoirs. The best remaining reservoirs on this arid island are at Los Molinos and at Catalina Garcia. Both hold good populations of wildfowl and waders, especially in winter, including Ruddy Shelduck and sometimes Marbled Duck. Los Molinos is also a good site for both Egyptian Vulture and Canary Islands Stonechat. Jandia. This isolated peninsula holds a broad range of habitats that are home to all of Fuerteventura’s special birds. The eastern section is particularly productive, as the plains inland of Costa Calma are very good for all the desert birds, the planted trees at Costa Calma are excellent for migrant birds, the palms at Morro Jable hold breeding Monk Parakeet, the lagoons along the shore here are very good for waders and egrets, and there are several pairs of Barbary Falcons in the mountains. GRAN CANARIA Canary Pine Forest. The remnants of this once extensive forest occur in the central mountains, but other large areas have been replanted in recent decades and are slowly maturing. The island subspecies of Great Spotted Woodpecker is common and widespread. Plain Swifts feed over the canopy, while the endemic...


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