|Stunning views from the terrace at 1000ft overlooking the Mediterranean and Africa beyond!|
Conscious that Dave had lots of packing to do for his forthcoming trip to Canada I took a late afternoon drive the relatively short distance to Cantera los Arenales, a disused quarry towards the back of Mijas. The drive takes you to the lofty heights of nearly 3,000ft and offers amazing views (Video Above) of the surrounding sierras and paths that meander deep into pine forest. It's a great place to register species such as Crested Tit and Firecrest, both of which were duly recorded. This area has yielded both Rock Bunting and Black Wheatear on previous visits but sadly not today. At the top of the trail the pine trees diminish offering breathtaking views of the sierras and pastures below, a great place to just sit and observe. Once again migration continued, even this late in the day and along with Peregrine, (4) Short-toed Eagles, (2) Black Kite, (2) Sparrowhawk and (5) Booted Eagles I managed (4) Alpine Swifts and (6) Crag Martin among the passage birds. On the way back down to the parking area (2) Nuthatch and Short-toed Treecreeper.
More Images Of The Day
|Woeful attempt of Crested Tit on the Canon SX50|
|Short-toed Eagle at Cantera los Areanales in the harsh setting sun!|
|Swallowtail butterfly in the villa garden|
|Several Red-veined Darter around the terrace|