|Robin in the Botanical Gardens.|
First birds I encountered were in the small garden of our hotel with a canary being a lifer for me. These were present in the conifer most days, but still not too easy to get a reasonable photo. A few of my efforts here.
|male blackcap in hotel garden|
|female blackcap at the Botanical gardens|
|another male, singing in a park|
|yellow legged gull|
|suspected roseate tern|
Butterfly watching was dominated by the magnificent monarch. Only recorded this once before, at Portland by the doctors surgery in 2012. Everyday gave great flyby views but rarely settled and when one eventually did, in a park, it had to be the most worn specimen on the island!
|worn short tailed blue|
|Southern small white|
|long tailed blue.|
Edit: surprise surprise: these lizards are called..................... guess.............................. yep: Madeiran lizards. Lacerta dugesii
|on church wall at Camacha|
A brilliant place to visit and much more left to see so, I suspect, we shall be returning in the next few years.