For birders Lanzarote can offer if not quantities, than definitely some very interesting species.
Equipped with a reliable Landrover, several pairs of binoculars and a camera we enter the first habitat: the desert of Soo, home to the houbara bustard, cream colored courser and stone curlew. While looking for our most favourite steppary birds, we´ll meet many little surprises on the way. Larches, finches, warblers, hoopoes, southern shrikes and occasionally a kestrel or an Egyptian vulture to delight our eyes. It is common to meet goat herds in Soo with the loyal company of numerous cattle egrets.
After we feasted enough on the desert species, we will set to visit our second habitat, the Janubio´s saltflats, but not before a refreshing stop in one of the nearby wineries for a drink and perhaps a nice traditional lunch.
In the south of the island are the saltflats, where many wading birds can be observed: there is a steady colony of approximately 60 black winged stilts, 3 pairs of ruddy shellducks and plovers (Kentish, lesser…), whimbrels, redshanks, stoneturns, occasionally also spoonbills or avocets.
The trip will be a pleasant experience even for non birding companions, who may admire the different exotic landscapes and enjoy the jeep ride.
Cost: 39 € including transport and binocular rental
duration: 6 hours