Over the next couple weeks I will post some images of a recent trip to Cape Verde Islands. Cape Verde has the enviable reputation of being the most peaceful of all African states. It is a desolate, arid, wind swept set of islands 500kms west of Senegal. There is limited evidence of migration. The total list is less than 150 species and on my visit, I saw less than 40 species. That said, most of them were quality, specialist breeding desert and sea birds.
The species on show here is Black-capped Finch Lark. It is one of the smallest larks and is about the size of a Serin! It was common and found on arid desert through to sand dunes. This male is feeding a young bird.