Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Tarifa Area, Cadiz Province, Spain.

A morning of visible migration, an afternoon of butterflies and then home.
 
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
After a rather late breakfast we drove along the coast down to Trafico watch point, on the way we had Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Rock Dove (Paloma Bravía / Columba livia), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
Once at Trafico I found Ed Mckrill and had a short chat and then I dropped back to Kate and Jim, we dropped down into one of the valleys on the way back up to the main road and parked on the roadside where we were treated to some of the best visible migration I have seen with loads of Short-toed (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus) and Booted Eagles (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), along with a few Black Kites (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), a Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and a Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).


Other species included White Storks, Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica).
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
We drove a short way towards Tarifa and then took a track in land to a spot Ed had told us about where we eventually found several stunning Two-tailed Pasha's (Charaxes jasius), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Small White (Pieris rapae), Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Blue Tit (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus). As we started to leave the site we stopped again at a water tank on the side of the road which was leaking and in the damp area produced we saw another Pasha along with False Mallow (Carcharodus tripolinus) and Sage Skipper (Muschampia proto), Monarch (Danaus plexippus) and Maritime Squill (Urginea maritima).
Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus).
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).

Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).

Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus).
Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius).
Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius).
False Mallow Skipper (Carcharodus tripolinus).
False Mallow Skipper (Carcharodus tripolinus).
Sage Skipper (Muschampia proto).
Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens).

Maritime Squill (Urginea maritima).

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