Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Birding from Home in Torrox Pueblo

Tuesday 7 April

Back to the Axarquia and what can be achieved from home, with or without a garden.  Follower Christophe Dez who hails from France and now lives just up the road  in Torrox Pueblo has been able to use his terrace/balcony overlooking the town and nearby countryside to capture some lovely shots of the area and wildlife these past few days.  The following shots plus a number of others were published on the Facebook site but I know many readers are not followers of that format so Christophe has very kindly permitted me to reprint on this site for your enjoyment and to show what can be accomplished while we are all, at present, trying are best to keep in touch with the birding scene out here.
Presumably a view over Torrox Pueblo
Given, as Christophe says, that he is not too familiar with the English names I have added them to the photos albeit there is one "mystery" photograph that readers might like to try and identify.  A pair of what appear to be large birds with white streaks in the wing but other potential identifiers.  For instance, I think the white is probably sun reflection that that actual colour but I notice the square shape of the tail.  The birds may look dark and be moving as a pair but I am not convinced that they are Ravens, especially looking at the tail shape.  Personally, I wondered about Booted Eagle so, perhaps, others might like to take a closer look and offer their opinions, etc.

Could these be Booted Eagles Hieraaetus pennatus?

Thank you Christophe and I look forward to more photos and, perhaps, even a comment on the birds that you see from home.
Beautiful mouintains above Torrox Pueblo
Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor
Always the House Sparrows Passer domesticus in attendance!

Male Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus gliding around the house
 All photographs by Christophe Dez

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