Saturday 22 August 2015

Padul and Agua Blanca's, Granada Province.

A few hours birding whilst Jayne had a look around the City.

Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus).
I dropped Jayne off in the city and made my way down to Padul, I first looked at a small pool near the visitor centre. There were birds about but the vegetation was high in front of the hide which made viewing hard but I did manage Cetti's (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Sardinian (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Reed Warblers (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus) and in a fig tree nearby a couple of Garden Warblers (Curruca Mosquitera / Sylvia borin), as well as a Melodious (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta) and a good many Blackcaps (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla).
Immature Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
 I continued on around the boardwalk and around to the smelly ditch via the raised platform, from there I saw several Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), a female Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea). Along the smelly stream I saw Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata) and Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) as well as Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) and Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria). 
During the walk back to the car several species were added to the day list including Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Immature Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
Once back at the car I went for a look at a large Cortijo on the road to La Malaha where I parked near a couple small pools formed by water leaking from some animal water butts, the only species to come down for the water was an immature Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) and several Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii) so I moved on and headed in to the city to meet Jayne.

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Home near Huétor Tajar, Granada Province, Spain.

A killer in the garden.

I found a single Red Palm Beetle (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) in the garden today the insect that killed our Palm Tree earlier in the year.
Red Palm Beetle (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus).

Red Palm Beetle (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus).

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Hacho, Loja, Granada Province.

An evening of night time photography.

Steve and I headed up to a point on the northern side of Hacho where we had views of an Eagle Owl (Buho Real / Bubo bubo) which sat on a crag before flying across the valley. Our main reason for going to the spot was to photograph the night sky.

Sunday 16 August 2015

Charca Suarez and Cacín Valley, Granada Province.

A cracking days birding again, dragging Steve further towards the dark side.

Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon).
Lynn, Steve and I headed out past Granada and down to the coast, on the way we saw Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica) and Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa).
Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) female.
We were a little early to entre the reserve so we had a look at the back road where we heard a couple of calling Common Quails (Codorniz Común / Coturnix coturnix), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), House Martin, Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata).
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).
Once we were on the reserve we made our way around the track in the usual anti-clockwise direction with just a fleeting look at the first hide but apart from Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) and Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
We continued on around to the second hide and soon boosted the list with a very smart Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides), Red-knobbed Coot (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Red Avadavat (Bengali Rojo / Amandava amandava), a fly over Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallows (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus).
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
A few dragons were also seen and these included several Long Skimmers (Orthetrum trinacria) and Black Perchers (Diplacodes lefebvrii).
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
Whilst I was watching the birds Steve and Lynn were checking the trees and bushes along the track out side and Lynn soon came to tell me that they had found a very smart Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon).
Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis).
I joined them and we had cracking views of this reptile and found a smaller female, we got some nice shots even though the light was almost directly behind the target.
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
After a while we moved on and around to the next hide where we added Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope), Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) and Small Red-eyed (Erythromma viridulum).
Immature Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus).
Around at the main hide Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea) and Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) were seen.
Adult Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus).
Our next stop was down at new hide over looking the large pool and soon found several Black-winged Stilts (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Green Sandpipers (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), another Squacco Heron, Red Avadavats, Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), a nice Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Peregrine Falcon (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus), White (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope).
13:00 soon came around so we headed back north and the across country and back to the house via the Cacín Valley and Morelade Fields. On our way we picked up Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and out on the fields several Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae) and Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur).
Female Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga Ortega / Pterocles orientalis).