|Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
[All photos by Jenny Wainwright]
A very hot day with the strong warm breeze.
We came off the A92 (Sevilla-Granada autovia) at km80 and headed for Lantejuela, en route seeing Crested Lark, Stonechats and Buzzards. A single Roller surprised us when it leapt off a road sign and there were a few Bee-eaters about.
Instead of keeping to the main road we cut across country and found several Southern Grey Shrikes and their numerous offspring, a small family of four Common Kestrels, Calandra Larks, Red-legged Partridges, Red-rumped and Barn Swallows, Turtle Doves, Collared Doves, House Sparrows and just prior to one of the many bridges in this area Jenny spotted three Great Bustards flying.
|Cicada Cigarra Family:Cicadidae
After the raptors had dispersed we drove up to a derelict farm where we saw Stock Doves, another Black Kite, Cattle Egrets and several Lesser Kestrels. Also here we found fourteen Rollers, including a good number of juveniles. We hung around for an hour for photos but they were constantly on the move, over the newly cut cornfields, and photos were few and far between.
|Juvenile Roller Coracias garrulus
We left Osuna area and headed for Martin de la Jara and the Rio Blanco, here we found Hoopoe, Little Ringed Plovers, Black-winged Stilts, Corn and Rock Bunting, Coots, Moorhen, Hoopoe, Bee-eaters, Ravens, Goldfinches, Common Swift and House Martins.
We called in at Laguna Dulce but very quiet here, although we did get Purple Swamphen, Greater Flamingos, Coot, Moorhen, White-headed Duck, Pochard, Lapwings, Reed Warbler and Cetti´s Warbler.
On return journey to Salar, an Otter was seen in one of the small water-courses and a ring-tail Montagu's Harrier was noted.
Great report John and it certainly sounds as if you both had a great day's birding.
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