Jayne and myself headed to the coast at Malaga and then inland again to the picturesque hillside village of Casarabonela to attend a bird fair. We eventually found our way up to the swimming pool at the top of the town and found a group of birders and none birders in the gardens and the bar. We opted for the bar and the first people we meet were Sue, Clive and Sam from near Grazalema who run Wildside holidays and the Iberia nature forum. We had a pleasant chat and Jayne got to have a squeeze of Sue and Clive’s baby boy Sam, now 4 and half months old. Eventually the Mayor of the town turned up, did a speech and the main event took place. Four Common Kestrels (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), a Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans) and Eagle Owl (Buho Real / Bubo bubo) were all released back into the wild after being rehabilitated at a wildlife hospital in the Sierra de las Nieves. Clive, Sue, Sam, Jayne and I then had a very good lunch at the bar by the pool and later strolled down to the town square to have a look at the craft and SEO stands. The SEO stand had some nice local books on it but the SEO products were disappointingly scarce and what there was were not available to buy, I think they missed a few Euros there (I know this was all Ian and his wife Sarah were sent by SEO). Jayne and I then said our good byes and headed slowly back up the hill to the car and home.
Photographs from the top: Eagle Owl (Buho Real / Bubo bubo), Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) and the crowd.