Two of Jayne sisters are visiting so we decided that we would take them for a run into the mountains for lunch at the Kiosco Alfaguara a few Kms above the villages of Alfacar and Viznar in the Sierra de Huetor.
|Spanish Ibex (Cabra montés / Capra pyrenaica).|
On the drive up we had spectacular views of a Short-toed Eagle
(Culebrera Europea / Circaetus gallicus) carrying a large snake off over the ridge and a couple of Griffon Vultures
(Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) drifted distantly towards Sierra Nevada.
Whilst we sat and had a very good but rather large lunch a female Common Redstart
(Colirroja Real / Phoenicurus phoenicurus) was seen feeding under some nearby Oak trees. Spotted Flycatcher
(Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata), Jay
(Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Long-tailed Tits
(Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Iberian Grey Shrike
(Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis) and Common Crossbill
(Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra) were also around the same area.
|Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis).|
On the way down several Spanish Ibex
(Cabra montés / Capra pyrenaica) were seen close to the road and allowed us to take some photos.