Garth Peacock
Gran Canaria - Maspalomas


Catching up with a local rarity

Friday 14th June 2024

Tanzania - Day 1 - Arusha

Monday 13th May 2024

Spring Tide at RSPB Snettisham

Saturday 13th April 2024

Things didn't go to plan

Friday 5th April 2024

Fowlmere RSPB Cambs

Wednesday 20th March 2024

Another trip to Norfolk

Tuesday 12th March 2024

Frampton Marsh (again)

Tuesday 5th March 2024

Snettisham RSPB

Tuesday 20th February 2024

A new destination for me

Monday 5th February 2024

A change of plan

Tuesday 30th January 2024

Three hours at Grafham Water

Monday 22nd January 2024

A strange week overall.

Friday 19th January 2024

Norfolk Coast

Tuesday 16th January 2024

New Year - where to go?

Monday 8th January 2024

Coton Cambridgeshire

Wednesday 20th December 2023

Back to Burwell Fen

Saturday 9th December 2023

Short-eared Owls

Monday 4th December 2023

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Thursday 31st August 2023

It was just too hot to revisit La Charca so it was time for relaxation. There I was, enjoying a quiet few minutes on the balcony of our room. It was very hot - 35C.

I was idly watching a few Swifts feeding rather distantly, and then realised that they were rather different to the Common Swift back home - appeared to be smaller and paler (grey/brown) with a different flight pattern.

A quick check on the Collins Bird Guide app on the phone - Plain Swift and mainly breeding in Madeira and the Canary Islands and a new species for me. Common Swifts are very rare on Gran Canaria apparently. By the time I had found that out, they had disappeared but a few arrived the next morning although distant so out came the camera.

Unforunately, they were still mostly distant and there was a strongish heat haze so the photos are not the best but, what the hell, a new species.

The family is planning to return to the same hotel for our holiday next year. Hopefully, the weather will not be so hot then so that bird photography will be easier than this year and I can improve on my photos of this species.