|Black Storks ~ Gaining height for the crossing from Gibraltar to Morrocco!|
|Rock Bunting ~ Smart little birds..|
|View at Sierra de Loja|
Of course, this is all made possible due to the patience of my incredible wife Dee, a cracking birder and great companion and my buddy Dave, a non-birder, who I drag endlessly around the country in the pursuit of wildlife! For this, I'm eternally grateful!! Here's to my first trip of 2018 and a return to the Pyrenees and Northern Spain in May!
Some of my favourite images of Spain 2017...
|The Zitting Cisticola or streaked Fantail Warbler (Cisticola juncidis)|
|Ring Ouzel ~ Sierra de Loja|
|Iberian Grey Shrike|
|Plain Tiger ~ Nothing plain about this!|
|Short-toed Snake Eagle|
Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall, Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Marbled Duck, Teal, Pochard, Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, White-headed Duck, Red-legged Partridge, Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Balearic Shearwater, Gannet, Cormorant, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Great Egret, Grey Heron, White Stork, Black Stork, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo, Griffon Vulture, Osprey, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Black Kite, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Common Buzzard, Honey Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Black-winged Kite, Kestrel, Lesser Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Purple Swamphen, Little Bustard, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Stone Curlew, Collared Pratincole, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Snipe, Ruff, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Audouin's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Common Tern, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove, Eagle Owl (h), Tawny Owl (h), Scops Owl (h), Little Owl, Red-necked Nightjar, Swift, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, Hoopoe, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Woodlark, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Sand Martin, Crag Martin, House Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Alpine Accentor, Robin, Nightingale, Bluethroat, Redstart, Black Redstart, Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Whinchat, Stonechat, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Blackbird, Ring Ouzel, Blue Rock Thrush, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Wren, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Crested Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper, Iberian Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Chough, Raven, Spotless Starling, Rock Sparrow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Brambling, Linnet, Greenfinch, Siskin, Goldfinch, Serin, Common Crossbill, Rock Bunting, Corn Bunting