Posts Tagged ‘bird watching spain’

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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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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It’s been an interesting couple of weeks here on the bird front, we have had a stork visiting us for the past few weeks, and he/she is a real beauty.  Gerry Collins, a local man has sent me some terrific shots of not only the stork, but  a lovely little owl he spotted up high in a building.  Here they are.

Another great shot by Gerry Collins, taken in Salobreña at the beach.

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