Another week has gone by and can you believe that we had even more rain...
Looking across to Ceuta, the Spanish enclave on the Moroccan coast. It'll soon be teaming with migrants heading North
Marsh Harrier (juvenile) at La Janda
I'm all covered in plaster... not plasters but the sticky stuff... er.. fixing the ceiling plaster. The sun is shinning and this has allowed Patty and I to get cracking with repairs and maintenence around both houses and our garden. Of course I do get distracted fairly easily. Just going out to the shed I have to quickly grab my bins and check out a large raptor in the sky, way, way up. It turns out to be a juvenile Golden Eagle drifting slowly inland from the coast.
A Pile of bins - Sale on this week!
I was out only one day this week, on my own and quite enjoying it as well! Itook some time to look at all the flooded areas just on the off-chance that something different had turned up after all the storms. Nothing out of the ordinary apart from a few Bonxies (Arctic Skuas) out off the coast. with Northern Gannets, Sandwich and Caspian Terns and a few Audouin's Gulls.
Each day brings a few more early Barn Swallows still trickling across The Strait. Meadow Pipits are slowly heading north andStonechats are nest building.
The town of Sanlucar on the Guadalquivir River, glowing in the early winter sunset
Glossy Ibis are returning in large flocks with masses of White Storks floating high above these 'flapping' partial-migrants
It won't be long before I see my first Monty's arriving back along the coast. Here's a lovely male Montagu's Harrier hunting, directly after crossing last yearThe juveniles will be in part moult when they make European landfall
This is what they'll see from the African side. From the Moroccan coastline at Tanger, looking to the rock of Gibraltar at the end of The Strait and the rest of Europe beyondA lovely fresh looking Short-toed Eagle
The blood-red bills of one of the true hunters in the gull world, the smart looking Audouin's Gulls at Barbate
Still waders galore!
The sun brings out amongst other reptiles these wonderful Ocellared Lizards
Bee-eaters arrive mid to third week in March
White-headed Ducks scratch their bills from the beginning of February onwards to stimulate their blue-bill breeding colour. The more they scratch, the more intense it gets...allegedly - cough!