|Long-tailed Tit Mito Aegithalos caudatus|
With the Andalucia Bird Society holding its annual Extraordinary meeting at the Finca Algaba just six kms south of Ronda on Saturday 18 July I decided to drive over the previous afternoon so that i could make use of the "Photography hide" both that evening and early the next day before joining other members of the Society for a little birding before the meeting proper. And a very enjoyable time it was, too.
Friday 17 July
The weather was still very hot and the venue is set will inside a wooded area and way for everything and everyone, including shops and restaurants so necessitating a short drive later in the evening to but a small snack and a long drink with friend Olly from Roquetas de Mar in Almeria.
Awaiting transport up to the hide along with Olly, Barbara and Gerry Laycock and Frank Hair we had distant views of both Booted Eagle and Griffon Vulture and a few Collared Doves and House Sparrows busied themselves near the finca itself. However, once ensconced inside the hide we were soon rewarded with a regular stream of visitors to make use of the shallow pools immediately in front. All we had to do was sit, observe and photograph albeit the sun was immediately in front of us and conditions deteriorated as the sun dropped.
|Wren Chochin Commun Trogladytes trogladytes|
|Subalpine Warbler Currica Garrasquena Sylvia cantilans|
Saturday 18 July
The following morning we were all in the hide by just after 7.30 and soon had our resident Robins and Blackbirds in front of the glass. Once more we were joined by a good number of Blue Tits, more juveniles noticed this morning, and more Great Tits than last evening. Still the presence of many Chaffinches but it was the Nuthatch that was to be the predominate bird of the morning.
|Nuthatch Trepador Azul Sitta europaea|
|A very close of the beautiful Jay Arrendajo Garrulus glandarius|
Meanwhile, overhead, lovely view of a relatively close Goshawk and then a trio of Short-toed Eagles and a single Booted Eagle.
|The delightful, mouse-like, juvenile Long-tailed Tit Mito Aegithalos caudatus|
Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Goshawk, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Northern Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Wren, Robin, Nightingale, Stonechat, Blackbird, Dartford Warbler, Spectacled Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Whitethroat, Bonelli's Warbler, long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Woodchat Shrike, Jay, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Serin, Corn Bunting.
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