Saturday, 21 December 2013

Spain 2013

In the absence of any birds locally I've decided to post some birds and butterflies highlights of this summer's family camping trip to central Spain and the Picos mountains in the north. What little birding was done was mainly around the campsites early in the mornings but I did manage a couple trips into the wonderful Monfrague Park for white-rumped swift. The last time I was there in March 2005 it was way too early for them. The avian highlight, apart from the white-rumped swifts, was my very first alpine accentor at Fuente De in the Picos de Europa.

                               black kite
                               azure-winged magpie
                               western subalpine warbler
                               long-tailed blue
                               spanish gatekeeper
                               iberian marbled white
                               spotless starling
                               juv black vulture
                               griffon vulture
                               short-toed eagle
                               spanish imperial eagle
                               white-rumped swift - honestly!
                               booted eagle
                               juv black stork
                               lang's short-tailed blue
                               iberian grey shrike
                               nightingale
                               alpine chough  
                               alpine accentor

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