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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2009, 03:10:32 pm »

Peter, besides the informative nature of your latest post (8 November), this is a beautiful piece of writing.  It really is an inspirational piece.  It has made me take up birdwatching :D
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« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2009, 11:10:48 am »

Now stop this Tony I am going all red in the cheeks! Thanks and pleased someone is reading this thread.

Peter  :D
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« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2009, 03:43:41 pm »

Right now it's a time where nature takes a rest, where life seems to move along at a leisurely pace and prepare itself for the harshness of winter. And yet.........

During a period when the excitement of autumn migration subsides, I visit my regular haunts seeking the first of our wintering birds. Even now there are large numbers of birds passing through in search of their favoured wintering grounds. As I write this article, Black Redstarts, Chiffchaff, Ring Ouzel and Meadow Pipit are here in ever increasing numbers, some will stay, but a great many will slowly make their way ever southwards. Recent visits to 'my local patch', Llanos de Libar, have been rewarded with some winter regulars and Water Pipit is now busy chasing its cousin, Meadow Pipit, away from the small pools in the higher meadows.

Redwing, Song Thrush and Ring Ouzel are now in the lower area of the Libar valley, feasting on the abundant harvest of Hawthorn. Alpine Accentor, so difficult on occasions, can be seen dancing around scree slopes beneath the high bluffs and the odd bird showing well framed by blue skies on the clifftops. Was it my imagination, or did I hear Wallcreeper above the dense Hawthorns? Pretty sure I did and this will consign me to more visits, creeking my old neck to scan the high cliffs, suffer now I must for my art! My gentle strolls through my local Olive grove are now accompanied by the constant chastening 'tut tuts' of Blackcaps, whilst Song Thrush are increasing almost daily and most recently I saw my first Siskins of the winter, always a great pleasure to observe.

The Society will be holding a field meeting at the lagoon of Fuente de Piedra on December 12th and I will certainly be going along hoping for some decent views of Common Crane. I can remember seeing over 1300 of them at this location some four years ago, so hope springs eternal. The surrounding area can also be interesting, with Stone Curlew somewhere around and in very large numbers, whilst the lagoons should have some waders and duck species within easy viewing distance from the new hides. Some raptors that can be found here during the winter are Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Bonelli's Eagle and Peregrine Falcon, so the day promises to be worth attending.

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« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2010, 11:58:59 pm »

A Winter's Tale
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« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2010, 04:02:43 pm »

A break in the weather yesterday saw several good sized flocks of Black Kite passing through and a steady passage of Short-toed Eagle. Near to Canete there were 4 Egyptian Vulture and Red Kite. Black Vulture (juv) is still being seen regularly near to Acinipo (Old Ronda) with a maximum of 3 being seen together. The 1st Pallid Swifts were seen at Cueva de Gato on the 22nd. Both Swallow and House Martin are around in good numbers and the occassional Red-rumped Swallow and Sand Martin are being seen. After an initial flurry of Booted Eagles passing through, I've not seen one all week.

Bonelli's and Golden Eagle are both incubating now as are Griffon Vulture. Seen a few Northern Wheatears during the week and strangely an equal measure of both male and female, normally males dominate early passage.

Wondering how many species might suffer locally, particularly resident birds, through the destruction of marginal vegetation on our rivers - due to high water level and virtual torrents. Many of the riverbanks have collapsed and its difficult to see how some of the vegetation will recover in time for the spring.

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« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2010, 11:23:50 am »

Okay, were is 'my' spring??
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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2010, 07:00:44 pm »

Here in Montejaque in the Sierra de Grazalema I've heard (but not seen as yet) Bee-eaters flying overhead a couple of times these last couple of days. Encouraging sign.
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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2010, 10:10:40 pm »

I had a spectacular raptor morning at Libar today with Egyptian Vulture, Bonelli's, Short-toed, Golden and Booted Eagle, Montagu's Harrier, Peregrine, Lesser & Common Kestrel and a number of Black Kite!! Orphean, Spectacled, Subalpine and Bonelli's Warbler were seen and of course all 3 wheatears, so a very good day. Had around 200+ Alpine Swift by the cave, plus a few smaller groups up behind Montejaque.

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« Reply #24 on: July 20, 2011, 03:07:02 pm »

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« Reply #25 on: August 05, 2011, 06:46:34 pm »

I am pleased to say 1 pair of Egyptian Vulture successfully raised one young in Malaga province during the current breeding season. Site to remain confidential.

Within the area, juvenile Long-legged Buzzards have been seen accompanying adults, pointing to another possibly successful season this summer. Site to remain confidential.

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« Reply #26 on: October 03, 2011, 08:45:39 pm »

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« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2011, 10:30:45 am »

Well, what a day around my mountains here in the Serrania de Ronda yesterday, Ring Ouzels, Alpine Accentors, Bonelli's Eagles, of course lots of Griffon Vultures, a really showy Eagle Owl, but the strangest of all a Whinchat, yep on the 16th December! Is this the latest record around these parts ???

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« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2011, 03:07:02 pm »

Been around the area checking on the occupancy of nest sites for Bonelli's Eagle. Pleased to report these beauties appear to be back at all my 'known' sites and displaying, copulating (surely too cold) and defending their territories with a passion. I have just finished writing an article on this species and today it has been published on the main ABS website, see link below:

http://www.andaluciabirdsociety.org/members-area/members-articles/153-bonellis-eagle-iconic-raptor-of-andalucia.html
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« Reply #29 on: March 18, 2012, 01:32:07 pm »



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