The very dry character of the Lanzarote weather means that it not teeming with wildlife so any sighting is a special pleasure. We've spotted Hoopoes in the distance a few times but have never got so close as last week on the island of Graciosa off the north west coast of Lanzarote. It was a surprise to find an example of this exotic species rooting around on some waste ground in the back streets of the main village, Caleta del Sebo. There is no mistaking the thrush sized bird with a strong crest and black and white barred wings. Apart from gulls, which bear a strong resemblance to the herring gulls in the North of Scotland, the bird we noticed most was the Eastern Canary Kestrel, which is very similar to our own native Kestrel except that its diet consists mainly of lizards, of which there are plenty on Lanzarote. We also saw Ravens and a large unidentified raptor that may have been a Vulture, the latter soaring in the Timfanaya National Park.