OK. This is driving us mad. When we were in Costa Adeje (La Caleta end) a few weeks ago, we could hear these bizarre bird cries from overhead. They looked to be big white birds, but they sure didn't sound like seagulls. Words can't really describe the sound, but it was a sort of cartoony-muppet type wocka wocka wocka noise. If you've heard it you'd know it..
Can any of you locals help me (or visitors who were sensible enough to ask when you were there..?)
Cant remember what there called but they ARE birds and not bats. Someone did tell me what they were called but I cant remember sorry.
Any more ideas?
P.S.The ones we saw looked a bit like white herons and they made a kind of croaking sound.
Have just been reading that there are a flock of cattle Egrets at Arrecife on Lanzarote! similair to the snowy-Egret,but smaller. There is also another called the Little Egret,which is seen on five continents. So,it may have been one of these Egrets after all?........
You can also see pictures of the other two, little egrets and cattle egrets here http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/little-egret.html
These fly over head and are a lot smaller. The only way I can describe their noise is.... "Milel-milum Milel-milum Milel-milum" (stop laughing!). I asked my friend "the Bard", who is quite a naturalist here on the Island and he told me they are probably ... "Corey's Shearwaters" which are night birds. They circle in small groups and make the above noise or a similar "wotcha-wotcha-wotcha".... Apparently
Here is a pic...
Bill Oddy over and out
Did have a few drinks that day at Arrecfie ,but knew I wasn't going mad.
If we see any of them on Tenerife now,at least we'll be able to recognise what they are, I suppose.
Was just thinking that myself makum110!... I'll be sounding like a female version..... Williamina Oddy over and out.
This has got to be the most educational holiday I've ever been on! Thanks Makum, for this and your help on my other postings, it is definitely a Cory's Shearwater, and the sound can be found here : http://selvagens.seawatching.net/sounds.html - 3rd sound clip (the 13 sec one) is spot on. The sound absolutely creased us up as we came home, it sounds like an Elmer Fudd duck call or something.
We had a walk down and could see them circling overhead.
From a distance thought it was someone having a fall out.
Thanks for the info, at least we know what bird it is now.
Just played the clip on the laptop, dog went mad and I couldn't turn it off.
May I take this opportunity to thank you all for keeping the members of this forum entertained and also for the nature lesson in birds. I'm sure that a lot of us will be looking out for the wotcha-wotcha-wotcha birds. Will make a change from avoiding the PRs etc.
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