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Birding the grasslands day four of our Spanish birding


Dry grasslands
These dry grasslands provide great birds, and we were soon seeing such amazing birds as Montagu's Harrier, Rollers and Great Spotted Cuckoo.

Little Owl
This juvenile Little Owl was watching us as we watched him.

Bee eater fence
Every Bee-eater was an occasion for an emergency stop, how could you drive past this?

Bee eater pair
The views of these beautiful birds were a real highlight of this area.

Every few yards we had to stop, a Short-toed Eagle hovered looking for snakes, a male Montagu's Harrier was sitting in an open field before floating over the stubble. Golden Orioles were calling from streamside trees and giving amazing views, including the brightest yellow and black males. Rock Sparrrows fed next to Cirl Buntings as Sardinian Warblers churred from low scrub. Stone Curlews were common and their weird calls floated on the still dawn air as an Egyptian Vulture took heavily to the cold air. Later, when the air warmed, many Griffon Vultures soared over the plains. White Storks strode through fields as Red-rumped Swallows swept over us and we soaked up views of Hobby, Spotless Starlings, Corn Buntings, Hoopoes, Turtle Doves, Black-eared Wheatears. This was just fantastic birding!

We will be running a tour to Spain in April 2012 so if you would like more details of this or any of our other tours please contact us -

info@thebiggesttwitch.com

Or telephone Alan on 07778 677141

We would love to share great birds with you!



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