Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Osuna area, Sevilla Province and Fuente de Piedra, Malaga Province, Spain.

Out on the fields and later the wetlands at Fuente de Piedra. 
Stone Curlew (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus).
I met Viggo, Peter, Ib, Joern at the bar near Osuna where we were going to start a drive around the area looking for several species, our first stop was not far away where we checked some Olive groves and soon found a couple of Stone Curlews (Alcaraván Común / Burhinus oedicnemus) in the shade of the trees along with Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and several Rabbits (Conejo / Oryctolagus cuniculus).
Great Bustard (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda), honest the white blob is a displaying male.
Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
Further along the road we went up onto the first bridge where we scanned the fields from up high and soon found a nice male Great Bustard (Avutarda Común / Otis tarda) which we had good views of through the scope whilst it was displayin to a single female.
Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus).
Gull-billed Tern (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica).
In the same area we saw Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Gull-billed Tern (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Common Quail (Codorniz Común / Coturnix coturnix), Spanish Sparrow (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis) and Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae).
Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).
Roller (Carraca / Coracias garrulus) and Crown Daisies (Chrysanthemum carinatum).
We took to the tracks and drove out to a large factory and then followed a small arroyo for a short distance, along this route we added Greater Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla), male and female Montagu's Harriers (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Melodious Warbler (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster) and as we were about to turn around we had 5 Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus) fly passed distantly.
Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni).

As we drove towards the second bridge and the onto the third bridge we picked up a singing Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus) in some Olive trees, a soaring Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), 2x Griffon Vultures (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) and Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Avocets (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta).
From the third bridge we drove to a ruin nearby where we had great views of several Rollers (Carraca / Coracias garrulus) one of which sat on a roof full of Crown Daisies (Chrysanthemum carinatum), Lesser Kestrels (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), a calling Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei) and a passing flock of Collared Pratincoles (Canastera Común / Glareola pratincola). 
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) immature, 2nd CY.
We drove on around to Lantejuela adding Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia) and Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) before visiting Laguna de la Ballestera where we parked and had some lunch whilst seeing Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), several Whiskered Terns (Fumarel Cariblanca / Chilidonias hybridus) in amonst large numbers of Gull-billeds, Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea) x1, Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus) x8, Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos) x1, Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola) x1 and a couple of singing Western Olivaceous Warblers (Iduna opaca) in the Tamarisks.
Lesser Flamingo's (Flamenco Enano / Phoenicopterus minor) x2 amongst the Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
We finished off at this site and headed for Fuente de Piedra, on the way in we checked the roadside pool finding Pallid Swifts (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), heard a Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax) and Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Up at the Mirador we scanned the main Lake where we picked up two of the uncommon Lesser Flamingo's (Flamenco Enano / Phoenicopterus minor) which had been around for a while and then around at the hides was saw at least 7 Marbled Ducks (Marmaronetta angustirostris), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Red-crested (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina) and Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Black-necked (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis), Little Grebes (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Blue / Common (Anax imperator) x3, Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi), Stripe-necked Terrapin (Mauremys leprosa) and Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) x1, Iberian Bluetail (Ischnura graellsii) x3 and Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) x1.
Whiskered Tern (Fumarel Cariblanca / Chilidonias hybridus).
We walked back around to the car and checked the main lake again find
Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna) befor driving to a flooded field nearby, on the way the rain, thunder and lightening started so we scanned the flood from the car and added Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina) and Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) before we decided to call it a day due to the weather.

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