Rain on the plains in Spain with Iolo Williams

Lesser Kestrel

Wonderful looks at Lesser Kestrel

It was a damp day today so plans for the day were revised and the group headed southwards towards Campo Lugar in search of better weather. Lack of sunshine didn’t stop the birds though, as the day’s bird list of 100 species will confirm!

Everyone enjoyed wonderful views of 25 Great Bustards, three Little Bustards including one displaying, also male Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Kestrels, plenty of Calandra Larks and both Black and Red Kites. Through the Leica telescope, we had good looks at not just an adult Eagle Owl, but two chicks as well, while Crag Martins and Red-rumped Swallows swooped around. We saw our first Great White Egret of the trip and nearby we caught up with Common Waxbill.

Calandra Lark

Calandra Lark poses for the camera

Fortified by lunch, the exciting birding continued with Collared Pratincoles and a handsome male Common Redstart, not a bird we usually see here. We visited a nearby reservoir and enjoyed plenty of waders including five Wood Sandpipers, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers, Black-necked Grebe, Water Pipit, two Egyptian Geese and a Gull-billed Tern spotted by Beryl in our group.

Crossing back over the plains again, we caught up with Stone Curlew and Short-toed Lark, finishing back at our lovely hotel on 99 species for the day. A round 100 species sounds so much nicer so after supper, it was back out into the garden again for one more bird, and the result: a male Blackcap making a total of 100 species for the day!

Stone Curlew adult

Stone Curlews can be hard to spot until they move!

More exciting birding to follow tomorrow so do check back for more!

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