A day of fields and wetlands for Liz Walsh's last day.
|Great Bustards (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda).|
|Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).|
|Black Kites (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).|
|Black Storks (Ciguena Negra / Ciconia nigra).|
|Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).|
We retraced our way back across the bridge and turned right, after a few KM we stopped to check out a couple of raptors and soon found the second Black-winged Kite of the day sat in a large Oak tree. Whilst we were watching this bird we had a largish flock of Black Kites pass overhead but soon realized that they were not all Kites as we picked out at least 6 Black Storks (Ciguena Negra / Ciconia nigra) migrating with the raptors. We moved a little further down the road where we added White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia) to the trip list, plus Golden Plover (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaria), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) and lots more Black Kites.
|Black-tailed Godwits (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).|
|Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).|
We checked out several more of the Lagoons but most were dry as we have had very little rain this winter but on the road down to Osuna we found a quite large area of water which was covered in birds so we stopped on the entrance to a field and set the scope up and scanned the flocks. Most of the birds were gulls and flamingo's but there were a few Black-tailed Godwits (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa) and some Black-winged Stilts (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
|Eurasian Wigeon (Sibón Europeo / Anas penelope).|
|Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).|
|Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).|
|Red-crested Pochards (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina).|
Our next stop was at the raptor watch point on Sierra Peñarrubia where we instantly had 4 Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) overhead along with a few Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris). In the trees around us we saw Sardinian Warbler as well as 3 Bath Whites (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), a Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx cleopatra), 3 Clouded Yellows (Colias Común / Colias corcea), 10+ Small (Artogeia rapae) and 2 Large Whites (Pieris brassicae).
Down on the embalse below we had good views of several Great Crested Grebes (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus). Our last visits of the tour were to some more of the Lagoons around Campillos but all were mostly bird free except for a single Greater Flamingo, A few Black-winged Stilts, a Green Sandpiper and lots of Northern Shovelers.
|Male Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca).|
From here we made our way back along the road to Antequera and then on to Granada City where I said goodbye to Liz after three very nice days birding, thanks Liz.