Thursday, 13 February 2014

Back Briefly in Barbate - Swiss Photo Tour Group

White-headed Duck displaying
Our family had a relatively smooth transition with our house move from Spain to Germany and we have been busying ourselves with all the domestic chores that such a move entails. There were lots of things to organise and gradually we reduced the many boxes that filled our cellar to a mere handful. Where did all this stuff come from? Anyway I had a long-planned photo tour at the start of February with Beat R├╝egger from his Swiss based company which gave me the chance to come back down to Andalucia and check out what was current in and around The Strait.

Griffon Vultures mating
Kentish Plover
I have to admit that we had pretty poor weather during the eight day tour but nonetheless we managed to see most of the key birds and everyone managed some excellent photos. The weather has been pretty nasty all through Western Europe with severe damage and flooding in a lot of low lying areas.

Audouin's Gulls
Audouin's Gull with Black-legged Kittiwake at Zahara de Los Atunes
Audouin's Gull in flight
It was good to be back and also good to get back to my new home where the hills and valleys of the Black Forest have their own special charm.

Black-winged Stilt flock at Bonanza, Cadiz
Waders beside the Guadalquivir River, Bonanza
Zitting Cisticola dives off his perch

Northern Bald Ibis

Mutual bowing at the colony at La Barca de Vejer
Black Stork
Black-winged Kite at La Janda

Thekla Lark blasting out his song
Same Thekla - this time a better ID view!
Common Sandpiper
Wintering Golden Plovers at Messas de Asta
Hen Harrier (female) at La Janda
Bald Ibis snack

Spanish Imperial Eagle, adult female
A 1st winter Spanish Imperial Eagle (top right)  with a 1st winter Bonelli's Eagle
Close shots of the  you Spanish Imperial Eagle

Natural hunting at La Janda - the only way it should be
White Storks
Stone Curlew
Common Cranes heading to roost at La Janda