A dry rainforest

4 03 2012

This seems to be a strange year in the Canary Islands. Local people misses the rain and so does the rainforest. This habitat was maybe the main reason when I chase the Canaries as a place to live, but, even it is still on of the most stunning landscapes I’ve ever seen, the laurisilva forest is drier than ever. Woodcocks would not be succeed in breeding if the rain doesn’t come but in the other hand, pigeons are easier to be found than in usual years. They congregate around water points such as the wet slope near Pedro Álvarez village.

The first contact with the laurisilva was nice but not enough. We saw around 10 Bolle’s pigeon and plenty of the typical birds: Tenerife firecrest, Chaffinch (the western islands form), Robin, Blackbird… But the pigeons were so elusive and we could only get poor views. Fortunately, I have 5 months to enjoy tat endemic beauties.




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