Long with Jenny and friends Q and Judith Hill we met up with special birding friend Linda Roberts at Osuna during the late morning to explore the Osuna steppes before spending the night with Linda at relatively nearby Machena on our way down to the Donana National Park and the Odiel Marshes for four days with the Andalucia Bird Society. Beautiful warm, if not hot day albeit a little on the breezy side, for some wonderful sightings.
|Collared Pratincole Canastera Comun Glareola pratincola|
|One of very many Black Kite Milano negro Milvus migrans|
Smaller birds included Spanish Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail and numerous Crested Larks and Corn Buntings. Needless to say there were plenty of Goldfinches and Serins to be seen. This area is well populated with Red-legged Partridges yet we only saw a couple of individuals; hopefully they have not been over-culled by the local shooters. At least the Turtle Doves were singing well having survived the Spring onslaught as they passed through the Mediterranean.
|Lovely to have close views of the Roller Carraca Europea Coracias garrulus|
|I'm watching you! A very serious looking Little Owl Mochuelo Comun Athene noctua|
|Record shot of a rapidly disappearing Tawny Owl Carabo Europeo Strix aluco|
|The Rollers Carraca Europea Coracias garrulus were very active|
Red-legged Partridge, Cattle Egret, Great Bustard, Griffon Vulture, Red Kite, Black Kite, Montagu's Harrier, Buzzard, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Collared Pratincole, Stone Curlew, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Turtle Dove, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Cuckoo, Red-necked Nightjar, Roller, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Crrested Larl, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Blue-headed Wagtail, Stonechat, Blackbird, Southern Grey Shrike, Jackdaw, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting.