Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Setenil, Old Ronda Roman ruins and Laguna Dulce, Malaga Province.

A day out in the mountains with Jayne´s sister Barbara.

Barb, Jayne and I headed off for a day out to the town of Setinel over in the Ronda area, on the way the weather was not too good and we went through several heavy showers. As we arrived things dried out a bit and we got a gap of a couple of hours to have a good look around the town but we did buy a brolly just in case. Up near the castle we had good views of several Common (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
From the town we went a little further on to the Roman Ruins and walked up to the ampitheatre near the top of the hill and then had a look from the view pointwhere we watched several more Griffon Vultures. On the way back down we were racing the incoming rain storm but still saw several  Thekla Larks (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae) and flocks of Corn Buntings (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) before getting soaked as we approached the car.
From here we had a drive through the rain towards Ronda and had some lunch before starting to make our way back hove via Laguna Dulce. New species for the day from the hide included Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), Cetti's (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Reed Warblers (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Little (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus) and Black-necked Grebes (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) and Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus). From here we headed off home but stopped for a beer and tapa's on the way in Huetor.
Photographs from the top: Jayne and Barbara in Setinel, The ridge at Ruins, The approaching storm, Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Jayne and Barbara walking up to the Ruin and a group of Northern Shovelers (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).

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