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Wildlife on Fuerteventura
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A chance encounter with a bird landing on next door's roof on Friday. I think it is a heron although happy to be corrected. Pic 2 is my favourite!
Please feel free to add your own pics of birds, beasts, fish, insects etc.


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Hi Tamara I think you are correct and it is a heron based on the ones we get in our garden at our home in Windermere.


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Walking my dog this afternoon I heard strange snuffling and crunching sounds - investigation found a hedgehog munching on snails.

Pic not brilliant as he/she didn't come out of the plant:


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A Hoopoe on our table!


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Great pic MB, thanks for posting.
I caught this one in flight over my garden fence earlier in the year.


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A Pair of Hoopoe Birds (Spelling via Google) on our back wall pillars this morning at 7.30am


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I'll have to have a look through our photos. I have photos of Hoopoes from when we stayed at the Barcelo Fuerteventura last year. They were just walking around on the grass outside our room. Also some nice shots of a hedgehog that snuffled under my sunbed and into the bushes as we were relaxing around the pool.
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#8
Saw male Houbara Bustards strutting their stuff the last 2 days. Too far away for my mobile to take pictures but fascinating/hilarious to watch. Both have been on the plains between Tindaya village and the coast and visible from the car tracks - please don't walk anywhere other than the tracks as the birds are easily disturbed and are protected by law. Look out for a sudden flash of white that shoots across an area at top speed, stops, changes direction, repeats. The white is the Houbara's under-feathers that it fluffs up, normally they are very difficult to spot, blending in so well to their habitat.
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Today I inadvertently disturbed 2 Houbara who had been sitting by the road just a few metres from my house! By the time I had my mobile ready to take a pic the birds were disappearing over a neighbours roof. Unusual to see them quite so close to houses - they much prefer the open plains - but very encouraging to see a pair only a week or so after seeing the male strutting his stuff!


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first ladybird I have seen in quite a while


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