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Sunday 17 January 2016, Gaucin, mostly sunny, calm air-light SE wind, 12C

Yesterday produced another (the same?) House Martin and, whilst enjoying lunch in the sun at the Bodeguita Chaparro, a pale morph Booted Eagle and a Firecrest!
Today was a little cooler, just 5C at 09:00hrs, but still nice and sunny, just right for the wonderful walk from Estacion de Cortes to the 'Puente de los Alemanes'. Situated at one end of the 'Buitreras' gorge near El Colmenar the 'bridge' was actually an aqueduct, built in 1918 to carry water for the hydroelectric station, and it sits a spectacular 60m above the Rio Guadiaro.
In the trackside trees and bushes there were many small birds around, mostly Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Linnet and House Sparrow but also a few Cirl Bunting and the occasional Song Thrush and Black Redstart. As we walked further into the hills there was a group of 50+ Griffon Vulture, a Common Kestrel, Green Woodpecker (heard), at least 10 Woodlark, Meadow Pipit and a Dartford Warbler.

View towards Sierra de Libar and Serrania de Ronda
Puente de los Alemanes
A more modern bridge over the Rio Guadiaro
Friar's Cowl Arisarun vulgare

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