Saturday, 27 June 2015

Spain. Part 3 (The last bit)

And to the 3rd and final part of my Spanish jolly trip report. (At last)

As mentioned in Part 2, Cattle Egrets were found in high numbers on the lower ground around the coastal regions I visited. I was able to get close to a few but when perched they seemed very wary of my presence.

Along the river I found a few horses that were using one of the pools as a drinking hole. The Egrets seemed to like perching on the back of these horses, and I was able to get a lot closer.

On my circular mountain drive I found an old quarry and watched in amazement as a small herd of  Mountain Goats (Spanish Ibex I think) descended an almost vertical cliff face.

One of the youngster's, not as sure footed as the parent but eventually it found its way down to the bottom of the cliff.

Below a few more images of birds that I was able to get close enough to with the camera.

Young Alba Wagtail having a wash and brush up.


For me, the bird of my trip and another lifer was a smart looking Rock Bunting. (apart from the dislodged feather) This was a bird that I was hoping to find whilst in Spain so pleasing to come across one singing just feet from my car window as I was parked in a pull in high up on the mountain road admiring the view over the coastal towns below.

Crested Tit, a bird I normally only see when visiting Northern France.

Red-Rumped Swallow.

And that's about it for my Spanish jolly. Thinking back, new birds for me were White headed Duck, Black-eared Wheatear (Western) Little Swift, White-rumped Swift, Crag Martin, Booted Eagle, Rock Bunting, Black Wheatear and Kentish Plover. As this was primarily a family holiday with limited time allotted to birding, I was pretty pleased with the list. My lens gave up half way through the holiday, the Image Stabiliser malfunctioning and causing the camera to continually lock up and also the lens Iris (diaphragm) stuck, so the aperture could not be changed, giving exposure problems. Canon soon rectified the faults on my return but at a hefty £450 cost (ouch). The main regret was not finding the Bee Eaters until my last full day as with a bit of time the results would of been a lot better. Still that's a good enough reason to return. 

Thanks for looking.

Buenos Tardes.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Barn Owls.

A few Barn Owl shots.

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A hunting pair.............Smart birds. 

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Spain Part 2. (The middle bit)

A few more images from my recent holiday in Southern Spain.

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Rio Guadalhorce in Malaga.

Saving on bridge building....just drive through the river.

Black-Eared Wheatear.

I originally labelled this as a Desert Wheatear but thanks to Mike Buckland (Mikes blog click here) who kindly pointed out to me that this is in fact not a Desert Wheatear as originally thought but a Black-Eared Wheatear. Every cloud has a silver lining as this is now another new bird for me, having seen Desert Wheatear on two previous occasions, both in Kent.

Recently fledged Black-Eared Wheatear chick.

Hoopoe, although a little distant. Could not get very close to this species.

Black-crowned Night Heron, these were fairly numerous along the river.

Turtle Dove.

My only Shrike was a Woodchat Shrike.

Black Wheatear was another new bird for me. Difficult to get close too and even more difficult to photograph .

Booted Eagle high on my wish list and another new bird for me. Mostly high or distant, the only low bird I encountered was in front of the sun. A poor record shot.

Booted Eagle (Pale Morph)

Crested Lark.

I came across a few Dragonflies. (Sorry, all taken with the big lens) I would be grateful for any help with the i.d of the following :  I thought maybe a Red Veined Darter ??

And maybe Scarlet Darter or Violet Dropwing.

Haven't a clue what this one is.

I thought at first a female Banded Demoiselle but now I don't think so ???

Back on the river Little Ringed Plover's were plentiful.

And even more plentiful were Cattle Egrets. I found a flock of nearly 100 birds on a golf course early one morning. Quite an impressive sight.

And that will do for now. Part 3 (the final part) will follow soon. Thanks for looking.