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
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
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.
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.