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Wednesday 06 May 2015, Gaucin, mostly sunny, calm air-light SE wind, 25C

Down near Casares in the area of Sierra Crestellina during the morning as support for a sponsored walk, Chicas Challenge, in aid of the PAD animal charity based in Gaucin, see links below:
Chicas Challenge

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I realise that the event is over, but the charity does a wonderful job (100% voluntary) re-homing abandoned dogs and cats, as well as running a successful neutering programme that has vastly reduced the number of stray and suffering animals in Gaucin; it can do with all the financial support it can get.

On the birding front, an adult Egyptian Vulture was a good early sighting, but by 1000hrs it was all about Honey Buzzard as at least 200 moved through over the course of an hour and a half, some were passing along the ridge of the sierra at quite low altitude; most were adults but there were a few juveniles, including some superb specimens, see one in photo below. In amongst the buzzards gaining height on the thermals were at least one Black Kite and a couple of White Stork (migrating, or just having a break from the San Roque breeding colony?). Also around were Griffon Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle and Lesser Kestrel, with Blue Rock Thrush and Bonelli's Warbler seen in the wooded area below the ridge.
In Gaucin there was more Honey Buzzard passage with with several groups of 20+ seen during the afternoon.
Griffon Vulture
Stunning juvenile Honey Buzzard

A few more Honey Buzzards.......
Casares, Gibraltar and Djebel Musa (Morocco)
View up the Genal valley, over Genalguacil, towards Sierra de las Nieves

Well done!

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