Third tick for the guide, now this was getting a bit embarrassing !!! A great days birding.
GRANADA WILDLIFE'S Spring Tour.
|The Group bird near Los Palacios y Villafranca.|
|Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax).|
|Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus melanocephalus).|
|Great Reed Warbler (Carricero Tordal / Acrocephalus arundinaceus).|
As we drove along this track we were checking the ditches on either side, on the left we started to build quite a list of waders and by the time we reached the sluices at the far end we had seen Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Common (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea), Green (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) and Wood Sandpipers (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia) and Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
|Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus).|
Also on the pool there were a couple of Glossy Ibis, a few Black-winged Stilts and a Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio). We walked out towards the reeds and Tamarisks after Judy had fleeting glimpes of a Little Bittern (Avetorillo Común / Ixobrychus minutus) which dropped down in to the reedbed.
|Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides).|
|Whiskered Tern (Fumarel Cariblanca / Chilidonias hybridus).|
|Western Osprey (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus).|
|Great White Egret (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba).|
We had lunch just after we left the A92 Motorway and then headed out in to the fields nearby, at our first stop through the now building heat haze we picked up a pair of distant Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) and heard Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus). We moved along the road a short way and took a track out in to the fields where we again had nice views of a female Montagu's which was drinking from a deep rut in the track, heard and saw lots of Turtle Doves but could not find any Bustards of either species.
We spent some time checking fields from the last of the bridges along this road and during this time we watched a large very bright Ocellated Lizard (Lacerta lepida) and whist we were doing this an Egyptian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon) crossed the road giving us brief but good views. We continued on around the area checking out several more sites but still we could not locate any Bustards, how can a population of 170 or birds of this size hide so well ? We next called at a large ruined Cortijo looking for better views of Roller which we easily got and also for Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni) which we also got but could not find a nice co-operative male to show off his nice grey wing stripe. Just around the corner from the Cortijo we called in at a sparrow colony in a Eucaliptus plantation where we all eventually got nice views of the Spanish Sparrows (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis) that are mixed in with the masses of the commoner House Sparrows (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), also here we saw another Roller, Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and many More Black Kites.
|Collared Pratincole (Canastera Común / Glareola pratincola).|
|Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).|
We checked out a couple more Lagoons but they were both dry, it was late afternoon by now and getting very hot so we decided to drop back to Osuna and check in to the hotel. Later in the early evening at around 18:00 things had cooled down a bit so we headed back out along the same road that we had checked earlier but the outcome was much better. Within a few minutes of reaching the first view point we had a fine male Great Bustard (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda) crossing a fields a few hundred meters away and a second was picked up by Lynda in a nearer field but we could only see its head as it walked through a deep crop.
|Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).|
Very happy with our views we made our way back to the hotel for our evening meal seeing a small flock of Collared Pratincoles on the way.