Sunday, 6 December 2009

A92 from Granada, Granada Province.

Raptor with a death wish.

Jayne and I spent a hectic but good few hours around the large general market in Granada city, well worth an occasional visit. On the way back near the exit for Lachar (salida 223) I was looking to the south for a flock of about 40 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax) which I had seen a few time recently, they were there along with a few Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) and a Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea). As I looked back at the traffic I was aware of a small raptor flying at about 2 meters down the outside lane of the motorway. It suddenly lifted to the northern side and landed in a small tree. All I saw at first was a flash of silver / grey so was expecting it to be a Harrier but as it lifted it's small size became apparent as did the black wing patches and I soon realized that the bird was in fact a Black-winged Kite (Elanio Común / Elanus caeruleus).

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