|Juvenile White Stork |
|Female Kestrel sp.|
|Picos de Europa from Potes|
|Iberian Wall Lizard|
|Picos peaks from Pembes - Golden Eagle was seen here|
|Dipper doing what Dippers do best....|
|Segovia - Roman aqueduct|
Mérida 26-28 June: By the time we got to Mérida the temperature had increased significantly and it was 35C+ by mid-afternoon. On the journey from Segovia we saw many Black Kite and at least a couple each of Montagu's Harrier, Booted Eagle and Red Kite. Whilst wandering around the town centre, littered with impressive Roman ruins, in the searing heat Janys somehow managed to spot an 'odd-looking vulture'; I only had my camera with me but it was enough to confirm a Black Vulture (with an unexpected amount of white in the underwing). At the Puente Romano at dusk we saw a reasonable 'murmuration' of Spotless Starling as they came in to roost also Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Common Kingfisher, plus superb close-up views of many Alpine Swift. On our last morning we braved the heat to walk to the Roman aqueduct on which were many White Stork nests.
I'm sure I've missed off some of the mentionable species we saw on the trip - for example, we certainly saw European Bee-eater but I can't remember where !
|Spotless Starling on their way to their night-time roost|
|Roman aqueduct - Mérida|
|White Stork 'colony'|