Stand out day by a mile and worth every minute of motorway toil was Sunday at the El Fondo (actually just still inside Valenciana but lets not quibble!). I'd arrived Sat eve and after struggling to find an entrance ('oo er missus!') and then strayed onto the duck hunting area by mistake, I finally navigated myself to the reserve proper ... had about 30mins of decent light left but with Flamingoes and Marsh Harriers flying about, Chiff Chaffs in nearly every bush and some very chatty Flemish tourists (not Belgian .. we're Flemish!), it was enough to persuade me to stop over and do a morning there.
Frustrating as it was, in my walking about the previous day I had in fact added another 3 good species to the tally... Southern Grey Shrike .......
|Southern Grey Shrike, Nr El Fondo|
Booted Eagle ....
|Booted Eagle, Nr El Fondo|
and the most elusive, most skulking of birds ever, Bluethroat .....
Zoom in on the above and you'll see some Flamingoes flying over. Many Winter here and I reckoned on about 300 in total ... here's a couple of fly pasts (so tricky not to cut at least one of their heads off!)
Such was my luck on this most glorious of days, I even managed to capture a reasonable image of that most annoyingly cute little buzzy thing that if not heard, always makes you think you've seen something better! Its the curiously named Zitting Cisticola or Fan Tailed Warbler of course!
|Fan Tailed Warbler, or Zitting Cisticola if you prefer!|
..... to my mind this is a much 'posier' and 'eagle like' Booted Eagle
|Booted Eagle, El Fondo|
..... although not the prettiest of birds, this Glossy Ibis, an isolated individual amongst several flocks around the reserve, deserves a slot too on one of my best ever days for bird photography
|Glossy Ibis, El Fondo|
..... last up and one of my personal favourite and most photogenic of waders, the good old Black Winged Stilt, lots here!
|Black Winged Stilt, El Fondo|
Fab day and that was 4 days ago. In Tarifa now, right on the Southern most tip of Spain ... the good old Rio Jara camp site, still going ... I first came here 25 years ago!!!