Fuerteventura Bird Watch
Fuerteventura Bird Watch is run by Derek Bradbury who has worked as a volunteer on conservation projects on the island of Fuerteventura for many years. It has been primarily a research project undertaken to record the impact that the fast growing tourist industry and the massive changes in the infrastructure is having on the indigenous bird species of this island and the migratory birds, some of which breed, and some that stop off on their migration passage north or south depending on the time of year.
Guided Tours for Birdwatchers
Derek Bradbury now provides a Guide Service to help birdwatchers see their target species and other birds in the best places. Both half day and full day tours are available and full details are given on the Guide Service page.
Birds of Interest Seen
Derek visits all the major inland sites and the species seen each day vary from 28 upwards to the best day of 45 species.
It is good to see the Houbara bustard displaying at dawn from mid December, through January, February, until mid March, and such a variety of other birds seen on other sites throughout the year are Little Egrets, Gray and Purple Herons, Cootes, Little ringed plovers, Ringed plovers, Kentich plovers, Fuerteventura Stonechats, Black-winged Stilts, Ruddy Shelducks, Marbled Ducks,(very rare winter visitor) Greenshanks, Redshanks, Pied Wagtail, White wagtail, Gray Wagtail, Trupeter finches, Houbara Bustards (and Displaying Males), Creamed Coloured Coursers, Plain Swifts, Pallid Swifts, Spoonbills, Black-tailed Godwits, Southern Gray Shrikes, White-tailed Eagles, Common Buzzard, Long Legged Buzzard,Ravens, Barbary Partridges, Sardinian Warblers, Blackbellieds and grouse, Stone curlew, Common Kestrel, Linnets, Lesser Short toes Lark, Sky larks, Berthelotīs Pipit, Sardinian Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Whitethroat, Booted Eagle, Bonelliīs Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Montague Harrier, Hen Harier, Marsh Harier, Greater Spotted Cockoo, Yellow-Browed Warbler, as well as the more common birds of the island.