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I sat in an open field on a rock today waiting for this little fellow to show up.  I have seen him a few times over the past few weeks, so I was sure that if I just waited he would show, and he did.  This is Athene noctua, a small diurnal owl that can be found all over Spain.

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For the last 2 days, I have been going to  a place where I know some Bee Eaters are feeding over a field of wild flowers.  Anyway, I am trying for a great pic, but so far, nothing really close up.  This is my best so far.

Bee Eaters

Day 1 my first sighting.

The swallows are here too.

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Well we had some excitement today, there was a  pretty big brush fire in the vega between Salobreña and Playa Granada today.  The fire lasted about 3 hrs.  No real damage was done, and it is believed that the fire was started by someone attempting to clear his land of scrub, but that will probably not be confirmed.  The fire department came out in full force, but they let it continue to burn until it became a threat to any houses.  It’s good to get the land cleared, plus it gets rid of a lot of unwanted pesky insects.

Cattle egrets were all over the place, situating themselves just in front of the fire to catch the fleeing insects.

Making my way to the fire

A concerned homeowner keeping a watchful eye from the roof of her cortijo

Phoenix Rising. A cattle egret in mid-takeoff.

Earlier in the week I got lucky on the beach…wait.


Mid Fluff.

Yesterday I was a guest of a friend at the International Club of Salobreña on a short day trip to Velez de Benaudalla, it was a great outing with a visit to the church, the fortress tower and the Nazari Gardens there. I definitely recommend it.

The church in Velez de Benaudalla.

Inside the church.

Devotion on the wall of a private home in the town.

Blooming fruit tree.

The church seen from the Fortress Tower

Guess what this fellow is making.

That's right.. Underpants.

Four members of the International Club of Salobreña that were with me on the trip.

Don't they look delicious.



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It’s been a blustery weekend, lots of sun, but a cold wind blows to remind us that it is winter in southern Spain.  I got all wrapped up and headed off to La Charca both today and yesterday.   All of the usual suspects are there, but I did manage to spy a couple of birds that I had not seen up close before.  The place was relatively busy too, there were lots of people quietly creeping around with smiles, while pointing fingers, binoculars and cameras in every direction.

Today I get to post my very first ever photos of these 3 birds.  Enjoy!

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus).


Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Common Snipe

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio).

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio).

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ooh it’s exciting, I went to the marshes again yesterday and got this shot of a Marsh Harrier going in for the kill, plus a short 33 second video of it flying around.

Footage of our juvenile flying.


One of two birds of prey spotted on the window ledge of an apartment just outside the reserve.

Is this a Kestrel?

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Bird watching is always an enjoyable way to spend some time, so if you have the time make sure you get over to La Charca this week if you can.  Lots of interesting birds to see, in fact I saw my first beautiful Kingfisher there yesterday, three times no less.

I was fortunate to meet a couple of people there, one of which has an interesting website and blog on birdwatching,  so if you are interested check out his blog at http://www.birdingaxarquia.blogspot.com/.

I did get several interesting shots, check out the feet on this Common Coot.

Common Coot Click the photo for a larger image

Common Coots - click to enlarge

The apartments of Playa Poniente in the background.

A couple of Great Herons.

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Morning Glory

Salobreña native Maria Louisa

Great Heron or Garza Real

Common Egret

Great Heron, or Garza Real

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