Photographer's Note

On the way to my first breakfast on Lanzarote I heard some loud birds flying over the hotel pool. They appeared to be little green parrots. Later that same day I spotted a group of them on a tree in the main town of Lanzarote, Arrecife. Tourists tried to photograph them with their phones. I don’t think I have seen wild parrots before. I have later identified them as monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus). They were eating fruit from the tree which I was not able to name neither. The main photo shows one of them enjoying the fruit, while in the workshop I will add a more portrait-like photo of the parrot.

Just a second after that encounter I noticed another bird, which I have seen for the first time in my life: a hoopoe (Upupa epops). It can be seen also in Poland, but it is quite rare so that I have never seen it before. Unfortunately, it flew away before I managed to take my camera out.

I am not sure whether you are aware of this but according to Wikipedia the name “Islas Canarias” is likely derived from the Latin name Canariae Insulae, meaning "Islands of the Dogs", a name that was evidently generalized from the ancient name of one of these islands, Canaria – presumably Gran Canaria. According to the historian Pliny the Elder, the island Canaria contained "vast multitudes of dogs of very large size". The name of the islands is NOT derived from the canary bird; rather, the birds are named after the islands.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7495 W: 106 N: 19628] (75137)
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