Saturday 10 August
Rio Genil area (A335 Monte Frio road )
Very hot with slight breezes throughout the trip.
As we crossed the bridge over the Rio Genil and turned onto the track that runs parallel and upstream, we saw House Sparrows and Serins.
At the first area of pines we stopped to take photos of the butterflies in a flood meadow, here we put up forty or fifty Wood Pigeons and some Goldfinches.
As we progressed along the track we disturbed more and more Wood Pigeons, a Green Woodpecker took flight with them across our path and in and around the Capers (Capparis spinosa)we found a Humming-bird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) but it wasn´t hanging around for photographs. Golden Orioles could be heard - but not seen - as were the Azure-winged Magpies and Bee-eaters.
|Bee-eater Merops apiaster (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
Out into the open and we located Barn Swallows, Common Swifts, House and Sand Martins in huge numbers, a couple of Sardinian Warblers were seen, a Blackbird and a lone Willow Warbler.
We parked alongside a poplar copse for lunch and listened to the Golden Orioles calling - again, not a sighting was had.
After lunch we started on the journey back encountering on the way a Nightingale, three juvenile Stonechats, some Chaffinches and Long-tailed Tits.
|Keeled Skimmer (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
We stopped at a dribble of water crossing the road to photograph a Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) and managed to photograph a Large Psammodromus lizard. As we were driving away from here a female Sparrowhawk almost flew into the car.
|Bonelli's Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
|Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
As we were leaving the pine belt another Sardinian Warbler, a Nuthatch and a Short-toed Treecreeper were heard and a Collared Dove flew past us. Then we spotted both of the Bonell´s Eagles flying into their usual lookout-tree, in which they stayed for only a few minutes, both then leaving and flying in different directions - until out of sight - but not before giving us great views of themselves.
As we approached our village, Salar, the Booted Eagle was back on its pylon again.
|Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
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