|Common Buzzard ~ Over the fields at Huétor Tájar|
First birds of note were several Crested Larks and a half dozen Meadow Pipits, these along with a few flocks of very flighty Lapwing, up every few minutes. This was probably due to the above photographed Common Buzzard! There were Skylarks passing overhead occasionally, which also winter in larger numbers here and two Cattle Egrets could be seen at the edge of one field. A huge House Sparrow flock next, feeding along the perimeter of one of the grass tracks and then Dee came up with the first Stone Curlew, one of our target birds for the day!
|These are a small portion of the Stone Curlews scattered over the fields but due to distance and heat haze, photography was almost impossible!|
|More issues with distance and haze but there are in fact seven Little Bustard in this image ~ Can you spot them?|
|Hen Harrier ~ An added bonus!|
While talking to Mike, who I'd last met a few years back while birding at Guadalhorce, he mentioned a fall of Ring Ouzels back up at Sierra de Loja, over fifty he estimated, so off we went... Continued in Update #71...