Up and out of the house before 6 collecting Derek Etherton, Micky Smith and Lindsay Pheasant before carrying on down to Tarifa where, after a short break for breakfast, we were able to spend a couple of hours at the Cazalla Viewpoint above the town to check out on the earlier departing raptors and other bird movements. We had already passed a couple of large flocks of Black Kites as we moved along the coast and nearly all the White Stork nests were occupied by either one or both of the current residents.
|Female Common Kestrel Cernicalo Vulgar Falco tinnunculus|
|Very distant Roller Carraca Europea Coracias garrulus|
|Booted Eagle Aguililla Calzada Hieraaetus pennatus|
|High Goshawk Aguilucho Cenizo Circus pygargus|
|Short-toed Eagle Culebrera Europea Circaetus gallicus including a shot on the ground after fist attack on the snake|
After time for a drink and sandwiches with a few Yellow-legged Gulls on the sea walls, we made our way aboard ship for an almost four hour trip out into the Strait, passing an immature Lesser Black-backed Gull before recording both Balearic and Cory's Shearwater along with a Pomarine Skua before reaching the Orca's feeding grounds. Talking to the crew it appeared that the Orcas fed mainly in the morning on the passing Red Tuna so that would have been the opportune time, had there been any spare capacity, to look for seabirds as they fed upon the scraps. And whilst we did not see any Tuna it was wierd to see a couple of Sun Fish at the side of the boat.
|I beieve one of the large male Orcas Orcinus orca|
|Feamle Orca Orcinus orca and calf|
|Resting Cory's Shearwater Pardela Cenicienta Calonectris diomedea off the Tarifa coast|
Balearic Shearwater, Cory's Shearwater, Storm Petrel, White Stork, Honey Buzard, Black Kite, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Booted Eagle, Goshawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Pomarine Skua, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Bee-eater, Roller, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Sardinian warbler, Raven, Spotless Starling.
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