One night we had a little rain and the wind swung to the east, the next morning there were quite a lot of Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Chiffchaffs and various warblers around - I assume on migration, but I still did not expect the migration to hit the Canaries.
I did not see a shrike for the next couple of days - although it would have been there somewhere.
I then saw it on top of the tree where I had photographed it earlier in the week, again I went to climb the dune but it flew 50 yards to another bush, then another where it took a small bird and tried to carry it, but it was dropped and the Shrike did not return to it. I went to see what the dead bird was and it turned out to be a female Pied Flycatcher.
It wasnt until the last day that I came across a Southern Grey Shrike low down and about 30 yards away. I decided to stalk this one to get as close as possible to it. I circled around it to get the sun at my back (it had just risen), and I moved closer to it, taking a couple of strides only when it looked away from me, then stopping as it looked back. I moved to one side so my long shadow didnt go over the bird and spook it. It took me about 10 minutes to cover the 20 yards or so - I was now in a position to get good photos. (If I was digiscoping I would not have had to do this). I believe the bird had just woken up and had not started hunting yet - I am really pleased with the result - particularly because I had so work had to get them.
On my return to the hotel I checked the lagoon out and was surprised to see a Spoonbill sat there, again I used the bushes and sun to give me cover to get as close as possible.
I then noticed a number of small birds in the bushes - Spotted and Pied Flycatchers, Sardinian Warblers and many Chiffchaffs, in the distance what I thought was a Desert Wheatear - but I lost sight of that and then a pair of Whincats were flying from bush to bush.
This final morning was the best of them all - and then there were still the Hoopoes working both the dunes and the hotel lawns.