What a hot day and very tiring. At the SEO Bird Fair at Deheasa de Abajo all day representing the Andalucia Bird Society and managed to meet quite a few friend, especially Andy Paterson who was to address the gathered masses at 6pm with, for him, a favourite subject re Pelagics. But not only as no sooner had we settled in than John and Jenny Wainwright arrived and always good to meet up with great birding couple from our neck of the proverbial woods. No sooner had I got back to the hotel and before even looking at what might be on my camera for today, there was an emailed report from John awaiting me; he obviously got back to his hotel in El Rocio well before me! So it looks as if I am going to be reporting twice each day until one or both of us get back to our respective homes.
Doñana Day One: 1st May
|Osprey Pandion haliaetus (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
A very hot day, very little, if any breeze.
As we left the hotel in El Rocio a Black Kite came soaring over the main road and en route to the Bird Fair we saw Barn Swallows, House Martins, White Storks ( by the dozen ), Crested Larks sang out over the fields and several Woodchat Shrike were noted on the fences . On the pylons we spotted a Raven and a couple of Common Buzzards and two Hoopoe flew across the road with bugs for their chicks, we presume.
We arrived at the bird fair at 10am and we were surprised that half of the stalls were not ready - although be fair to them - it did say ready for 11am. We were hunting for new binos as the neck-strap sockets had failed on our old ones. While waiting for the optics stall to open we walked down to the hides to see what was about. The sky was alive with Bee-eaters also about were White Storks, Black Kites and Jackdaws, mostly ferrying twigs and grasses to their nests.
|Judging by the reaction, I can only assume that this particular Osprey was not impressed (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Male Red-crested Pochard Netta refina (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Short-toed Lark Callandrella brachydactyla (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
Great sightings John and Jenny and you obviously had far more time than me today. Tomorrow I am having a day off to go over the Odiel Marshes. I must also check out what you call the Corridor Verde" and maybe take a look before I return to Casa Collado.
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