Friday, 12 November 2021

Travelling South, Fields South of Madrid, Toledo and Laguna Navaseca, Daimiel, Ciudad Real, Spain.

Moving down towards the south.
Trip to Uk, Day Fourty.
 
Great Bustards (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda).
We left the Santoña area and travelled south and drove until we were 100km or so beyond Madrid, during this drive we saw Carrion Crow (Corneja Negra / Corvus corone), Common (Urraca / Pica pica) and Iberian  Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Western Cattle (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Great Egret (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba) and Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), 2x Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Griffon (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus) and Eurasian Black / Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis) and White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
Great Bustards (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda).
We turned off the Motorway and stopped at a bar at the gargae where we had some Lunch before going out on to the fields, just as we started out we saw a couple of Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis) and then the main target was seen when we found 24 Great Bustards (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda) flew up from a field as we turned a corner but were soon back down on the ground and gave us good views.
Great Bustards (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda).
We then picked up a large Raptor which turned out to be an immature Golden Eagle (Águila Real / Aquila chrysaetos) which showed brilliantly for us an few right over head.
Golden Eagle (Águila Real / Aquila chrysaetos).
We headed back towards the Motorway but saw the Bustards again along one of the side so had another look and then continued along this track hoping it would eventually get us back to the Motorway at some point, along here we saw Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis), Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) and a very smart male Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus).
Golden Eagle (Águila Real / Aquila chrysaetos).
We found our way back to the Motorway and continued on South to Laguna Navaseca where we had a quick visit before we went and found our hotel, whilst we were at the Laguna we saw Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Red-crested (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina) and Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Marsh Harrier, Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo).
Golden Eagle (Águila Real / Aquila chrysaetos).

We turned up to our hotel the El Cortijo de Daimiel which for what we were paying was absolutely brilliant and came with a good breakfast and a birding treat in the morning.

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