Birding the Granada area wetlands.
I then went back into the city and picked Jayne and Barb up, we were going to have some lunch but the place was not opening for an hour so I suggested that as we had some time to kill we might just pop down the motorway to Padul where Juan had seen three female Mandarin Ducks (Pato mandarin / Aix galericulata) earlier in the morning. We arrived at the spot where he had seen them but found quite a few people were unfortunately walking around the margins and all the birds had flushed. We spent some time in the hide and picked up 5x Great Cormorants (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocorax carbo), Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina) all new for the day list.We then made our way back to Granada and had Lunch before heading back home to spend the rest of the afternoon on the terrace. Almost as soon as we sat down a cracking male Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) came drifting up from the fields over the Olive trees, we also saw Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), 3x
Short-toed Eagles (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and during the few house we were up there there was a constant passage of hirundines along with dozens of Alpine Swift (Vencejo Real / Apus melba).
Photgraphs from the top: Pied Flycatcher (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca), Osprey (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus), Red Squirrel (Sclurus vulgaris) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).