Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Coastal head land, Granada Province.

5 species of Swift in the air at the same time.

After making sure Jayne and her family where set up on the beach I headed down the coast to a site just over the border in to Granada Province. I visited a spot where in the passed I had seen White-rumped Swift (Vencejo Cafre / Apus caffer) and I quickly found a pair in amongst dozens or so Pallid (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Common (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and 2 or three Alpine Swifts (Vencejo Real / Apus melba) which I was very pleased with. Later I found that there were three White-rumps off to my left but then I picked two more Swifts with white rumps low down and to my right which made me think that I had 5 White-rumped Swifts at the site. I photographed all the birds and when got back home and put them on the screen I was very surprised to find that the birds I photographed last where infact Little Swifts (Vencejo Moro / Apus affinis) and probably only the second record for the Province. In the area I also saw Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Crag (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) and House Martins (Avión Común / Delichon urbica),  Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and a couple of Spanish Ibex (Cabra pyreaica hispanica).
Later I went to another spot near by and took some nice shots of a couple of Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius) and I also saw Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus).
 Later I joined the other for the afternoon on the beach were I saw several Geranium Bronze butterflies (Cacyreus marshalli) where we had lunch.

Photographs from the top: Little Swift (Vencejo Moro / Apus affinis),  2x White-rumped Swift (Vencejo Cafre / Apus caffer) and 3x Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius).




1 comment:

Andrew Mountford said...

Pleased you found little swift Mike. Nice one