Monday, 16 August 2010

North West of Alhama, Granada Province.

Amongst the agricultural flatlands.

Jayne and I were travelling through the flat agricultural area between Alhama de Granada and Zafarraya in the South of the province when Jayne picked up a large flock of birds flying quite high east. Typically the bins were in the boot, we stopped and I slipped quickly in the back of the car just in time to Id the birds as Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), a flock of some 150/200 birds. We also saw Calandra (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Crested (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata), Short-toed (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla) and Thekla Larks (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Rock Bunting (Escribano Montesino / Emberiza cia), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni) and Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).

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