Sunday, 20 October 2013

Rio Vilano, Huétor Fields, Granada Province.

A muddy wade along the local River.

I went out on the local patch for a couple of hours to get a bit more practice with the camera but most of the birds were staying well out of range, whoever I did see a nice group of 32 Little Bustards (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax),20 or so Northern Lapwings (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), lots of Azure-winged Magpies (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and both Grey (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) all along the river behind the bar. From here I crossed the fields and rejoined the rio down near the railway and checked a well vegetated stretch which was being feed from the irrigation channels. Along here I saw Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata), Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus) and Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) as well as several species of Dragonfly including Epaulet (Orthetrum chrysostigma) and Southern Skimmers (Orthetrum brunneum), female Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea), Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi), Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) and White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes). Several Butterflies were also seen and they included Bath  (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Large (Pieris brassicae) and Small Whites (Artogeia rapae), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus), Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea) and Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera). Once I was back to the car I headed back towards home but went via the fields near the town where I eventually located around 70 Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) which were hiding well in a newly planted Garlic field.

Photographs from the topGoldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum).

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