Tuesday, 23 April 2013

DONANA,DONANA, DONANA IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.

Last week PEDRO WELLS and I spent a week in the south west of Spain visiting the splendid bird watching area of Donana,we stayed in the small town of Villamanrique,centrally situated for most of the local reserves.The top birds in no particular order were :-white stork,bee eater,woodchat shrike,collared pratincole,booted eagle,short toed eagle,lesser kestrel,glossy ibis,spoonbill,purple heron,serin,red rumped swallow,black kite,great reed warbler,penduline tit,azure winged magpie,night heron,nightingale,and many others.Here are some I managed pictures of.
WHITE STORK
WOODCHAT SHRIKE
LESSER KESTREL
YELLOW WAGTAIL
SHORT TOED EAGLE
CRESTED LARK
HOOPOE
NIGHTINGALE
BOOTED EAGLE

BEE EATER
GLOSSY IBIS
PURPLE HERON
BLACK WINGED STILT
SPOONBILL
KNAPWEED FRITILLARY
WOODCHAT SHRIKES MATING
HE DIDN`T EVEN SAY GOODBYE.
WHITE STORK AT NESTING SITE VILLAMANRIQUE.
IS IT A BIRD?
NIGHT HERONS LEAVING ROOST AT DUSK,the mosquitoes came out too.
WALL BROWN
      "EL ROCCIO"
WONDERFUL LAND

A TYPICAL LANDSCAPE- CORRIDOR VERDE
A SHADY CHARACTER!
AZURE WINGED MAGPIE(taken on a previous trip)
HOW THE PENDULINE TIT WAS NAMED.We watched the male collecting cotton fibres from the barbed wire fence to make this fantastic home.
The nearest we got to a LYNX.
COLLARED PRATINCOLE-these super little birds were quite numerous in the area,this one at Huevla.

The weather was terrific, warm and sunny with hardly a cloud in the sky all week,a real pleasure to be out birding without 6 or7 layers on.
I could go on but I`ll leave it at that for now,if you want to go there and want more ifo,don`t hesitate to contact me.
GOOD NIGHT.

6 comments:

  1. Hola Filipo. ¡Qué maravilla! ¿Sol y cielo azul? Fantástico! Estos hermosos pájaros también. Mel y Esteban

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    1. Hi Mel ,i think you said how marvellous sun and blue skies fantastic.those wonderful birds too MEL &STEVE?
      IS THAT THE SUM OF IT YOU CAN COME AS INTERPRETER NEXT TIME.

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  2. What colour were the lesser kestrels toenails

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  3. pink i think they were too far away to see.

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  4. That looks like a fine trip Phil, plenty to photograph and as you say, not dressed up like an Eskimo to keep out the cold.

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  5. Looks like you had a wonderful trip mate great birds too

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