Day 5 started with a BEE EATER fest in the garden.
After breakfast we set off once more to the Almonte river valley and this old bridge.
|The new motorway bridge in the background.|
|AZURE WINGED MAGPIE|
|BEE EATER IN FLIGHT|
|GREEN UNDERSIDE BLUE|
|DRAGONFLY Probably a Hawker?|
|SHORT TOED EAGLE|
|NEXT STOP UP THERE AT THE TOP.|
|ANOTHER BLUE ROCK THRUSH|
Having scrambled to the old ruins at the top, those that made it were rewarded with these swallowtail butterflies.
|EUROPEAN SWALLOWTAIL a different species to the one found in the UK.|
|The descent was every bit as hazardous as the climb.|
The first stop on the way back to Madrid was here for a session with Lesser Kestrels in this old church.
|BRINGING HOME A LOCUST|
|Eventually we had to leave the kestrel colony and make the short hop to the Arrocampo reserve where my hoped for quarry of Little Bittern should be readily on view,of course my hopes were dashed and it remains a mythical creature for me.|
|SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS TO THE NORTH|
|TAKING A LOOK AT POTENTIAL MEAL|
|Back on the road to Madrid we stopped for lunch at a motorway services,they are slightly,no vastly different to those in Britain, they sell proper food, serve alcohol and other beverages and all at normal prices.|
|ROAST SUCKLING PIG|
|BUSY BUT VERY EFFICIENT PROFESSIONAL STAFF|
|TAKE AWAY SERVICE ALSO AVAILABLE, SIMPLY SUPERB.Not only that but the car park had a singing Spectacled Warbler to see us off.|
A LAST PARTING GIFT
There then followed a mad dash to the airport through Friday afternoon traffic we all made it,just including our illustrious leader who had to return the mini bus.
WE WILL RETURN.