Friday, July 8, 2011

Day 2

Back to Funchal this morning to see what was happening regarding boat trips. Good job we were staying 10 days as the Ventura do Mar trip to Desertas wasnt going out until next week. Put our names down and had a look around the harbour.

Some of it was a bit of a mess, not helped by the presence of a large amount of spoil that had to be dumped on the beach after it had come down the mountainside in a rather horrific landslide / flood in February last year killing 42 people.

Little Egret making itself at home amongst the loafing Yellow-legged Gulls

From what I can gather at the moment the Yellow-legged Gulls are thought to be part of the recently split Azorean Yellow-legged Gull population although others put them in with michahelis. Anyway some of them are certainly ugly looking brutes.

More on these later

Had a quick look around the marina for the Yellow-crowned Night Heron but as expected it wasnt around. Just after 9pm is a good time apparently.
There was a close Common Tern fishing

A bit of time left so headed west, stopping off at Machico.

Confiding juv Canary here

Just see a bit of yellow coming through on the rump

Grey Wagtails here are of the race schmitzi, being distinctly darker above, with a much reduced supercilium and submoustachial stripe, males also have a more jet black bib.

Underparts also sometimes a deeper yellow

Ad with juv

Not sure whether I just havent looked at Grey Wags properly at home but this seems like rather a lot of white in the tail, present on all 3 juvs