Madeira, Portugal - October 2013

In October/November 2013, my wife and I booked a flight to the island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean, some 650 km off the coast of Marocco. We spent 8 days in the wonderful hotel Albatroz at the east coast of the island and enjoyed our vacation very much. Of course, I planned some visits to some birding hot spots and was not disappointed. Madeira has two endemics, Trocaz Pigeon and Madeira Firecrest and some endemic subspecies of Berthelot's Pipit, Rock Sparrow, Kestrel and European Robin and of course its famous endemic Madeira Chaffinch. I was very lucky to manage to take photo's of all of them. In addition, I found some interesting reptiles, amphibians, spiders, butterflies and some other insects. And a glance of a Bottlenose Dolphin!