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Thursday 14 August 2014, Gaucin, mostly sunny, light-fresh SE wind, 29C

A change in wind direction from poniente to levante brought about a muggy, humid day. Down on the, now dry, Rio Genal from 0830-1030hrs I logged the following:
Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle (at least 3 individuals), Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, a single Turtle Dove, several Wood Pigeon heading north, Eurasian Jay, 20+ European Bee-eater, at least 5 Golden Oriole (inc. one male), Common Kingfisher, Woodchat Shrike, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Common Swift, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Sardinian Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch.

The Eurasian Sparrowhawk was a female, esconced in a tree directly above a small pool of water, the only one in the area, it let me approach to within 3m no doubt waiting for its breakfast to arrive; at this point the battery on my camera ran out, and the spare was at home.

This Blue Rock Thrush was in the centre of the village on Tuesday  morning, a sure sign that autumn is around the corner.....

Rio Genal - dry for the first time in 3 summers

Woodchat Shrike

El Hacho from the Rio Genal
 A couple of distant Short-toed Eagle, not the same individual.....

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