|What a Roller Carraca Europea Coraccias garrulus morning!
Away by 8 to meet up with my friend, Marieke in Osuna so that I could take her on a clockwise birding round the "Osuna Triangle" with the emphasis on trying to find her both Rollers and Montagu's Harriers before her return to Belgium tomorrow. On the journey over I saw both Hoopoe and Azure-winged Magpies whereas Marieke looked up in early(ish) morning skies in the town to see not just the breeding Common Swifts but also a quintet of Honey Buzzards rising slowing on a thermal as they continued on their northern Journey to, perhaps, Marieke's study area in Belgium.
|Lots of Iberian Grey Shrikes Alcaudon Real Lanius meridionalis
|Raven Cuervo Corvus corax with juvenile (?) below
|Woodchat Shrike Alcaudon Comun Lanius senator
|Turtle Dove Tortola Europea Streptopelia turtur
|Black Kite Milano Negro Milvus migrans
|Our first close-up of the spectacular Roller Carraca Europea Coraccias garrulus
Not only Rollers but lots of Lesser Kestrels, too. Add on Collared Dove and Blackbird and this site was the best of the day.
|Female Lesser Kestrel Cernicalo Primilla Falco naumanni
|Another magnificent Roller Carraca Europea Coraccias garrulus
A stop for tapas in La Lantajuela then on to the lakes on to the eastern lakes bit not before taking a look at the local reserve. As usual, all was locked up so it was a case of standing on the wall and looking round the side of the, also locked, hide. The Flamingos were obvious along with a close Black-necked Grebe plus Coot but the, scoping the water, we also managed to add Shelduck, Mallard, Common and Red-crested Pochard, Gadwall and White-headed Duck. The large heronry at the far end was made up of mainly Cattle Egrets but also a few Glossy Ibis and it would appear that some Cormorants were also taking the opportunity to socialise. Over the water were feeding Barn Swallows, House Martins and at least a couple of Whiskered Terns along with a Yellow-legged Gull. Nearer to us we had a Black-headed Gull sitting on her nest just off the shore and the neighbouring bushes housed Nightingale, Serin and Reed Warbler. Similarly, at the far end we found a pair of Black-winged Stilts and a Marsh Harrier was quartering the distant trees.
|Always a Red-legged Partridge Perdiz Roja Alectoris rufa to be seen
|Distant record shot of a male Montagu's Harrier Aguilucho Cenizo Circus pygargus
|Never a moment when there wasn't a Corn Bunting Triguero Emberiza calandra posing and singing somewhere
Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, White-headed Duck, Red-legged Partridge, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Great White Egret, White Stork, Flamingo, Honey Buzzard, Red Kite, Back Kite, Griffon Vulture, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Whiskered Tern, Rock Dove, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Common Swift, Bee-eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Nightingale, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Reed Warbler, Iberian Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Jackdaw, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting.
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