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Always something new
Over the last few months I’ve managed to tick off quite a lot of my Lanzarote wishlist. I’ve ventured into the desert area near Soo and spotted two of the island’s most elusive birds – the huge Hubara bustard and the tiny, delicate cream-coloured courser; I’ve watched Egyptian vultures soaring near Maguéz and I’ve swum alongside a huge butterfly ray. But last month I fulfilled one of my longest-held ambitions when I met a turtle while snorkelling off Playa Blanca. This remarkable creature seemed to be flying underwater as it finned gracefully over the rocks before finally settling on a patch of sand, and watching me cautiously while I dived down to take a closer look. I haven’t shut up about it since. The longer you live on this island, the more you appreciate the nature that surrounds us. When I first arrived I thought this was a barren, dry place with hardly any wildlife at all. Now, when I go into the country I see lizards, partridges, kestrels and shrikes all the time, and the ocean never fails to offer surprises and new sights.
July 2017 Edition
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