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Thursday 30 May, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light W-NW wind, 23C: Last night the Tawny Owl was right up amongst the houses between Calle Convento and Calle del Pino. Today a morning trip to the coast gave me a chance to visit the Mesa de Chullera heath behind Puerto de la Duquesa. It's a great place, and a rare habitat for the area, with some lovely views, see photo looking back towards Gibraltar. I didn't have long to spend there but did manage to see Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Common Kestrel, European Bee-eater, Crested Lark, Stonechat, Common Swift, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Corn Bunting, Sardinian Warbler and Melodious Warbler. On the drive back to Gaucin I stopped at Sierra Crestellina to check out the Bonelli's Eagle nest - the adults weren't present but the chick was standing on the edge of the nest looking pretty much full size and in clear juvenile plumage.

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