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Monday, 22 August 2011

Porto Santo

A week in Porto Santo, North-east of Madeira, in late July produced a few opportunities to point a camera (and a 70-300mm lens) at some of a few of the islands wildlife highlights.
This is not an island abundant with wildlife due to its rather barren landscape, but there were some nice finds.

A few Wasp Spiders were located:



Wall Lizards on every wall:





Half way down a huge old well was this monster.  Unfortunately I couldn't capture it next to a standard lizard to show the size (probably because they wouldn't go near it), but this was at least twice the size of any of the others!



The highlight of a couple of hours on a boat to the north of the island was diving into the cool Atlantic for a swim.  On the way, apart from a few Common Terns and the occasional Gull, numerous Cory's Shearwaters were the only other species seen - these were taken with a 300mm lens as they came close to the boat.




Spanish Sparrows were relatively numerous on the island - check out the bill on this one!:




Superb Monarch butterflies were very common, providing a spectacular colour display especially when flying over the azure pool (next time...).





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