|Always good to see a Black-shouldered Kite Elanio Comun Elanus caeruleus|
With the Andalucia Bird Society monthly filed meeting scheduled for 9.30 on Saturday 19th., Jenny and I travelled down the previous day to make the most of the long journey and, hopefully, cover some of the areas that we might not be attending on the visit day. the idea was to catch up on La Janda and Barbate to concentrate on the raptors the following day. But who could resist driving straight pat the raptor sites of El Algarrobo and Cazalla above Tarifa, especially when on the correct side of the road and seeing other birders already present? The sun was shining in clear blue skies, calm weather so at 10.30 we were at the former.
|Many White Storks Ciguena Blanca Ciconia ciconia overhead and on the ground|
Then it was on to the settling ponds at the back of Barbate where we met up with Barbara and Derek Etherton along with Linda Roberts and enjoyed some great birding, a late drink and tapa before a quick(ish) tour of La Janda in the reverse direction to that normally taken but excluding the detour up past the "smelly farm."
|Distant record shot of one of many Stone Curlew Alcaravan Comun Burhinus oedicnemus|
|The delicate Northern Whatear Collalba Gris Oenanthe oenanthe|
|Then a visit from a wandering Osprey Aguila Pescadora Pandion haliaetrus|
|Common Redstart Colirrojo Real Phoenicurus phoenicurus working its way south|
|No shortage of Little Egrets Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta at both sites|
|Green Sandpiper Andarrios Grande Tringa ochropus|
|One of many Marsh Harriers Aguilucho Lagunero Circus aeruginosus|
|Glossy Ibis Morito Comun Plegadis falcinellus|
|Spoonbills Espatula Comun Platalea leucorodia|
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