Rats, mice and voles are the main source of food and there are plenty of rodents around as the rice field harvest is over and these small mammals try and find new shelter.
This lovely male Blue Rock Thrush is quite confiding and seems to be fairly tolerant of me creeping towards him.
This week we saw five Bonelli's Eagles in one afternoon and a juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagle (scroll down) as well. This shot of a first year Bonelli's was taken with an Egyptian Mongoose (by the fence on the left of the photo). There was no attempt to take the mongoose and I think that their ferocity and bad taste are legend.
Jackdaws love to fly and hassle the big eagles. This is a sub-adult Bonelli's
This younger Bonelli's underwing and body shows up well in the late afternoon sun
More Bonelli's sub-adult views
Black Storks at La Janda this week. We saw six on the 30th of Nov, Mostly juveniles.
There are good numbers of Marsh Harriers here with over forty birds counted in one afternoon.
There were at least six Hen Harriers but as yet I haven't seen any Pallid but one was reported by Paco Chiclana on the 14th at the Espacio Natural Doñana, close to the town of Aznalcázar, Seville province.
Lovely late afternoon sky over the cut rice fields near Benalup-Casas Viejas.
A White Stork passes below a flock of incoming Common Cranes at La Janda. More came in this morning from the north and there must be now over one thousand birds between Benalup and Facinas.
A view of Barbate and the the Torre de Tajo on top of the cliffs that lead to Cape Trafalgar.
Taken from the summit of the Sierra de Retin.
The juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagle taken at La Janda on the 30th of November.
A report on the tour to Extremadura from the 19th - 26th Nov. coming soon...