Today I joined a Wingspan day tour to Tarifa and La Janda (thanks Bob) during which we saw some great birds and I got to try out my new camera (nothing special, just something to replace the hit and miss of 'digiscoping')! It was a lovely day after a couple of cold damp ones and the temperature at Barbate reached the low 20s.
|Tarifa from the Cazalla migration watchpoint|
We arrived at Los Lances beach near Tarifa at about 0930hrs and it was pretty quiet (there were quite a few walkers and joggers around) but we did see Common, Pallid and Alpine Swift
, Sand Martin, House Martin, Barn Swallow, Short-toed Lark
, Crested Lark, Meadow Pipit, Northern Wheatear
, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail and Corn Bunting. On the beach there were a few gulls, mainly Yellow-legged Gull and a couple of Lesser black-backed Gull, Little Egret; waders were represented by Kentish Plover, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Sanderling and Dunlin.
|A blockade of Cattle Egret!|
We then moved on to La Janda where we soon spotted Calandra Lark
and a flock of 30+ Collared Pratincole
; other species seen around the fields and ditches included Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, White Stork, Grey Heron, Great White Egret
, Cattle Egret, Purple Swamphen
, Eurasian Spoonbill
, Black-winged Stilt, Common Sandpiper, Little-ringed Plover, European Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Water Pipit
, more Yellow Wagtail, including one totally yellow one (Siberian-like but presumably not), Spanish Sparrow
, Zitting Cisticola, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler and Common Whitethroat
. Further along the track
in the direction of Benalup we saw Little Owl
, Common Raven, Jackdaw, Red-legged
Partridge, Common Pheasant and many Woodchat Shrike.
|Bald Ibis at nest|
On the way to Barbate marsh nature reserve we stopped to check out the Bald Ibis
colony just below Vejer de la Frontera; it was good to see the reintroduction project working well with ten or more occupied nests.
At the marshes we logged a distant 70+ Greater Flamingo
, Audouin's Gull, Eurasian
, 2x Stone Curlew
Redshank, Black-winged Stilt, Dunlin, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper
Sanderling, several more Collared Pratincole, Calandra Lark and Short-toed Lark.
|Bald Ibis - not the prettiest bird!|
|Collared Pratincole - now that's pretty!|
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