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Sunday, September 25, 2011

American Black Tern

Juvenile American Black Tern at Covenham Reservoir, Lincs.

Monday, September 19, 2011


The Lesser Kestrel was only one of the 120 species,  including 21 lifers, seen during a 5 day tour of Southern Spain centered on the charming old town of Tarifa in early September 2011.

The main prpose of this trip was to witness the migration into Africa from mainland Europe.

In addition to the photographs included we also saw the following key species---Audouin's and Slender-billed Gull, Griffon Vulture, Black Stork, Black Shouldered Kite, Black-eared Wheatear and Blue Rock Thrush.
Dipping on both Lesser Crested and Elegant Terns, Spanish Imperial Eagle and Azure winged Magpie may necessitate a return visit!
A mixture of Birds, Beer and Beatiful Scenery can only hearten the Inner Self of the older Generation!


The ubiquitous Stonechat, male

Ruppell's Vulture

Distant record shot of a probable Ruppell's Vulture.
Tarifa Southern Spain

Woodchat Shrike

 Woodchat Shrike, male.
Tarifa Southern Spain

Montagu's Harrier

Female Montagu's Harrier
Tarifa Southern Spain

European Bee-eater

We encountered many 'swarms',containing up to 40 individuals, of these Bee-eaters
Tarifa Southern Spain

Rufous Bush Robin

A distant record shot of a Rufous Bush Robin ssp Galactotes. One of the best finds of the trip.
Tarifa Southern Spain

Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture
Tarifa Southern Spain

Short-toed Eagle

Tarifa Southern Spain
 Short-toed Eagle.

Black Kite


Black Kite. Only a small number of Red Kites were seen. Often in excess of ten Black Kites were seen at one time.
Tarifa Southern Spain


Swallowtail butterfly of the race gorganus which is supposedly slighly paler than our race britannicus.
Tarifa Southern Spain

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bonelli's Eagle

Juvenile Bonelli's Eagle

The initial ID as a Booted Eagle was questioned by Mac Bell; further investigations led to the Andalucian Bird Society confirming it is a Juvenile Bonelli's Eagle. A Key find for the trip. Thanks Mac.

Tarifa, Southern Spain

White Storks

For me the highlight of the trip was witnessing in excess of 400 White Storks attempting to cross the 14 miles across the Straits from Tarifa to Morocco. On the third attempt they decided to 'go for it' having turned back for reasons of elevation, wind etc.on two previous occassions.
Tarifa, Southern Spain

Booted Eagle

Pale Morph Booted Eagle
Tarifa Southern Spain

Red-necked Nightjar

Red-necked Nightjar. Following the finding of a road-killed Red-necked Nightjar in mid afternoon it was decided to stay in the vicinity until nightfall in the hope of seeing a live one.Not only did we see one but about seventeen others evenly spaced along the same stretch of road apparently warming themselves on the road surface.
This photograph was taken using the mini bus's headlights as illumination but did require an ISO setting of 6500!
Tarifa, Southern Spain

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Slender-billed Gull

1st winter Slender-billed Gull
Tarifa, Southern Spain

Red-veined Darters

Female & Male Red-veined Darter. These are frequent migrants to southern Britain .
Tarifa, Southern Spain

Little Swift

Distant record shot of a Little Swift near Chipiona, They had been nesting with House Martins in a building belonging to the local fish market
Tarifa, Southern Spain


Whimbrel. We unfortunately dipped on our target birds for this stretch of beach, Lesser Crested and Elegant Terns
Tarifa, Southern Spain

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sabine's Gull

Adult Sabine's Gull at Grafham Water, Cambs blown in land by the tail end of the American Hurricane

Grey Phalarope

Grey Phalarope, Grafham Water, Cambs. One of many blown off couse by the tail end of the American Hurricane