Monday, 11 January 2016

Santiargo de Compostela and A Coruña, Galicia.

A morning around the City of Santiago and an afternoon on the river at A Coruña.

Jayne and I spent the morning around the city visiting the Cathedral and other land marks before heading of a short way north as it was yet again peeeeeeeeeeeeeing it down. 
I dropped Jayne off at the shopping centre and headed out the nearby rio do Burgo where I spent a very nice three hours watching Great Northern Diver (Colimbo Grande / Gavia immer), Razorbill (Alca Común / Alca torda), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Shag (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis), Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Pied Oystercatcher (Ostrero Euroasiatico / Haematopus ostralegus), Bar-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colipinta / Limosa lapponica), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls  (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) and back near the car Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica).
Later Jayne and I had a walk along one of the longer sea walls down in the main harbour and had good views of Shag, Great Cormorant, Northern Gannet and Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis).

Photographs from the top: Razorbill (Alca Común / Alca torda), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Little Egrets (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Great Northern Diver (Colimbo Grande / Gavia immer) and adult Shag (Cormorán Mondudo / Phalacrocorax aristotelis).

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