Thursday, 4 August 2016

Huétor Fields, Granada Province and the Caminito del Ray, Malaga Province.

A morning on the local patch and a walk along the Caminito in the afternoon / Evening.

Steve and I started the day off with a look around the fields which was done mainly from the car as Steve had tweeked his back on the flight over. We did the near fields first along the Rio Vilano and then later out on the mesia road. Species seen included Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Iberian / Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) as well as Scarce Swallowtail (Chupaleches / Iphiclides podalirius feisthameli), Small (Pieris rapae) and Bath Whites (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) x 7M & 4F, Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) x1M and Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii) X 10+.
Later in the afternoon Jayne, Lynn, Steve and I drove over to El Chorro area and parked near one of the bars around the lakes there and made our way out to the starting point of the Caminito del Ray, on this first stretch we saw Night (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax) and Grey Herons (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) x2M, Striped Grayling (Pseudotergumia fidia), Small White (Pieris rapae) and Spanish Ibex (Cabra pyreaica hispanica). We were soon up on the raised parts of the walk, the first section was quite tame and not in anyway difficult but the second section was far more like what I was expecting with some dromatic cliffs and drops below the path way and then right near the end the moving bridge which was great. By the time we cleared the far end I added Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura), Alpine (Vencejo Real / Apus melba) and Pallid Swifts (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) to the list.
On the way back home or to the bar for something to eat to be a bit more accurate we had Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus), two Red-necked Nightjars (Chotacabras Cuellirrojo / Caprimulgus ruficollis) and a Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua). 
A cracking day at a superb site in good company which was finished off nicely with a beer and some Tapas in one of the local bars in Huétor Tajar.

Photographs from the topRed-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii), Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax) and shots of Jayne, Lynn and Steve on the Caminito del Ray.

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