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Thursday 26 January 2017, Gaucin, partly cloudy, light SE wind, 12C

This afternoon I paid my first visit to the Rio Genal since mid-November. Despite the relatively dry winter so far there was a reasonable amount of water present, helped by last week's snowfall.

Raptors were the highlight with not one but 2 Booted Eagle (one pale morph and one intermediate) over-wintering. As I was walking back up the hill to the car a scan of the electricity pylons spooked a superb Northern Goshawk that eased its way powerfully across the wooded valley towards the river. Other raptors seen were 50+ Griffon Vulture, Peregrine and Eurasian Sparrowhawk. Aside from the big birds it was rather quiet though with group of 10+ Crag Martin was a single House Martin, presumably also over-wintering, 7 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Common Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sardinian Warbler, Goldfinch and Chaffinch making up the numbers.
Rio Genal

Paper White Narcissi

Booted Eagle

Booted Eagle

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