Saturday, 10 June 2017

Travelling South to Malaga via Tablas de Daimiel in Ciudad Real.

Granada Wildlifes tour of Belchite and the Pyrenees.
Day Eight. An 1100KM drive with a stop at Tablas wetlands.

Norfolk / Green-eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles) a new species for my Spanish dragonfly list.
Photographing the Norfolk Hawker.
Today was going to be a long one as we had a long drive ahead of us, on the way down the Hecho Valley we started the list off with House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Black (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans) and Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus), Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra) and a couple of Red-backed Shrikes (Alcaudón Dorsirrojo / Lanius collurio) sat on roadside wires.
Norfolk / Green-eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles).
Once we were out of the Valley we made our way south past Zaragoza and around Madrid, on the way adding Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Rock Pigeon (Paloma Bravia / Columba livia), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia),
Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina).
Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) and south of Madrid Roller (Carraca / Coracias garrulus),
Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina).
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Roquero Roja / Monticola saxatilis), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and after coming off the motorway we saw a Rufous Bush Robin (Alzacola / Cercotrichas galactotes) sat on the top of a roadside telegraph pole.
On the board walk at Tablas.
Our only proper birding stop of the day was Tablas de Daimiel, a superb wetland site with board walks that take you through and across pools and reedbeds. After we parked we spent three hours wandering around the seeing some really nice species including Woodchat Shrike, Red-rumped Swallow, European Bee-eater, Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Reed (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Great Reed (Carricero Tordal / Acrocephalus arundinaceus), Cetti's (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Savi's (Buscarla Unicolor / Locustella luscinoides) Western Olivaceous Warblers (Zarcero Pálido Occidental / Hippolais opaca), Bearded Tit (Reedling) (Bigotudo / Panurus biarmicus),
Great White Egret (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba).
Penduline Tit (Pájaro Moscón / Remiz pendulinus), Yellow (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) and White Wagtails, Night (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax), Purple (Garza Imperial / Ardea purpurea) and Grey Herons (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Great White (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba), Little (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Great Crested (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus) and  
Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Little Grebes (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Purple / Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Yellow-legged Gulls, Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Norfolk / Green-eyed Hawker (Aeshna isoceles), Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea), Lesser (Anax parthenope) and Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator) and Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii).
Little (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and Great White Egrets (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba) and a female Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).
After the three hours it was getting a tad warm so we headed south through Jaen, Granada and down to Malaga where we dropped Andy M into the city, Andy P to the starting point where his daughter picked him up and the Juliet and David home before I dropped the Van back and Jayne picked me up and we went home.
Catfish and its youngsters.
I would like to say thanks to Andy M, Andy P, Juliet and David for a super trip and for making the 9 days so memorable, we saw a great number of bird species along with some butterflies, dragonflies, orchids, wildflowers and mammals and I do not think I have laughed quite so much on a tour before, THANKS.
Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea), male.
Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).

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