Monday, 18 June 2012

Cape Verde Pedre de Lume and island highlights

Thursday 7th of June got up 0700hrs tea, then Sidie Mamadu picked me up at 0800hrs.
We headed towards the airport and Pedre de Lume the roads were empty.
Along the road a few Short toed larks obliged and Rock dove be it feral pigeon.
Just outside Pedre de Lume 2 Cream coloured Coursers showed from the road.
The Salinas at Pedre de Lume carried a 5 Euro admission I was early hoping to see
waders before the tourists turn up in numbers later.I walked down in to the volcanic crater
where a few waders obiged be it distant.Black winged stilts ,Sanderling and a pair of Kentish
plovers showed well.
The tour continued to Espargos the capital of Sal where we drove to a view point above the town.
Splendid  panoramic views before leaving for Palmeria its harbour  where in the harbour the
locals buy and sell their catch.
Next up the long dusty track through scattered acacia and desert like terrain towards the
imposing Mount Leao,a small hill at the end of Murderia bay.

I looked in vain for Tropic bird of note was Plain martin around Mount Leaos crags.
Sidie found me  a Greater Hoopoe Lark panting in the heat on the ground.
We returned to the hotel around noon a quick tour of Sal.

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