Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Tarifa area, Cadiz Province.

Our second and equally successful day down near Tarifa.
John and Sharon Holian, day three.

Our day started down in the town of Tarifa at another site that I had seen the Garden Bulbul (Bulbul Naranjero / Pycnonotus barbatus), we had a quick look around before the four of us went to a cafe for some breakfast. Once we had eaten we went back out and soon heard the bird singing but could not see it then after some time Sharon picked it up singing from a TV aerial on a nearby roof but the bird soon disappeared in to some trees. A few minutes later we could near two birds calling to each other and then we had then fly over us and disappeared in to some dense trees and a short while on they flew back and perch out in the open in the top of a dying Eucalyptus tree giving nice views. In the same area we had Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) and Honey Buzzards (Aberjero Europeo / Pernis apivorus).
After the nice views of the Bulbuls we headed for the Algarrobo Raptor watch point just on the western side of Algeciras where we sat with a few other birders and scanned the skies. During the couple of hours we had there we were lucky enough to get a single Ruppell's Vulture (Buitre Moteado / Gyps rueppellii), lots of Griffon's (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), a few Egyptian's (Alimoche Común / Neophron percnopterus), Short-toed (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) and Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Sparrowhawk, Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and Black Kites (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).
Later we dropped back down and went on to Gibraltar for a bit of shopping before heading back home.

Photographs from the top: Garden Bulbul (Bulbul Naranjero / Pycnonotus barbatus), distant Ruppell's Vulture (Buitre Moteado / Gyps rueppellii), Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) and the watch point.

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