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Title: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Franky no Hair on June 28, 2015, 04:01:22 pm
Event: Members Field Meeting for September 2015

Date: The date for this meeting is September the 19th

Meeting Point: Car park at Lidl on the outskirts of Tarifa 36degrees 01min 13.56sec N 5 degrees 36min 00.06sec W

Time: 9.30

Leader of the day: Frank Hair

Directions to the Meeting Point: Coming from the Algeciras side on the N340 it is the first turning for Tarifa, coming from the Cadiz side on the N340 it is the second turning for Tarifa halfway up the hill. The car park for Lido is on the right before you get into

Information about the Meeting: We will be meeting in the car park of Lidl on the outskirts of Tarifa as this is a place where we can pool cars and go to the observation point on the south side of the road. The fewer cars we take the better as there is limited parking at this observation point (Cazalla). The other observation point is on the other side of the road and if we want to go there we can cross the road on foot. But to put the cat amongst the pigeons if the wind is from the west we will be heading off to the other observation point which is near Algeciras (Algarrobo).  As with last year we will be splitting this event and some of us will be going to La Janda first and swapping for the afternoon.

Accommodation: We have 4 La Botica de Vejer, La Sacristia, Casa McCallion and Huerta Grande .  I have taken these names from the main ABS web site under links and then accommodation in Cadiz.

Clothing and Food: At this time of the year it will be hot, and there is little shade where we are going, so cool clothing is needed and a hat along with plenty of water.  I think that a packed lunch is needed for this day, as after we have a look at the birds on migration we will be heading off to La Janda to see what is waiting for the next day to migrate.

Possible birds: Black Kites, Honey Buzzard, White Stork, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture and possibly Black Stork.  These are the main souring birds but we should get some other migrants.
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Bob Wright on September 06, 2015, 09:50:46 am
Jenny and I will be attending along with Barbara and Derek Etherton and at least three others that I know of.

Bob Wright
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: tonyc on September 09, 2015, 01:58:01 pm
I will be joining the group as wel. Looking forward to a geat day.
Tony Carpenter.
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: PeteWoodall on September 10, 2015, 10:02:08 am
Pete and Satori are up for it, but will confirm next week.
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: The Hacketts on September 10, 2015, 08:52:32 pm
Hi Franky:
Diane and I will be at Tarifa for the 19th September meeting, looking forward to meeting you all again.
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Linda on September 12, 2015, 10:16:32 am
I will be attending. Linda
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Carlos on September 12, 2015, 09:53:15 pm

   Hello Franky,
   Rocío and I will be attending too.
   Kind regards,
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: NormanMather on September 13, 2015, 08:40:17 am
Hi Frank I have just moved to the coast, Estepona, and would like to join you.  Are there any formalities required or can I just turn up?

Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Franky no Hair on September 13, 2015, 02:00:13 pm
Hi Norman
                If you are a member of the Andalucia bird society all you have to do is turn up at the carpark at Lidl at 9.30 to enjoy, what has been in the past, a great day.  If your not a member you can join on the day, well worth it.
                                                                    Have Fun Frank
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Diane Cockayne on September 13, 2015, 05:46:07 pm
We should be able to make next weekend for our first field meeting - hope to see you all there
Diane and David
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Ricky Owen on September 13, 2015, 09:49:00 pm
Hi Franky

I and my wife Francisca will be hoping to attend the field meeting , this will be our first event and look forward to meeting members .

please be gentle with us
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: NormanMather on September 14, 2015, 10:48:48 am
Anyone coming from Estepona area am willing to car share - four spaces available.

Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: GeoffBrowne on September 14, 2015, 03:05:09 pm
Geoff & Sharon Browne will be coming on Saturday
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Franky no Hair on September 14, 2015, 04:36:16 pm
Hi Peeps Just had a look at El Tiemop and it looks good for Saturday as the wind is from the west and quit strong until Friday, on Saturday it turns the other way, from the East and is 36Km/h so should blow them our way.  At the moment there 22 on the forum so I may need a volunteer to help to split the group and half going to La Janda in the morning if it gets any bigger.
                                                                       Have Fun Frank
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Sarah Wood on September 14, 2015, 08:20:24 pm
Hello All,

I will be attending along with a friend who will register as a member on the day! Looking forward to it.

Sarah (and Catherine).
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Brenda on September 15, 2015, 10:21:07 am

Hi Frank,

We can't go I am afraid as Peter has to take me to the airport therefore he is unable to help. Sorry.

Bob is going, perhaps he can do it?

Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Terry Osborn on September 15, 2015, 06:13:31 pm
Hi. Terry and Lin Osborn and their chums David and Sandra Peckham will be in attendance for the meeting on the 19th Sept.
Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Roger Smith on September 18, 2015, 08:12:09 am
Hi Frank.

Jean and I will be joining you at Tarifa on Saturday.

Title: Re: Field meeting for Sept 2015
Post by: Franky no Hair on September 29, 2015, 06:54:34 pm
 Well to say that Tarifa is windy was an understatement for this field meeting. As we stood in the car park of Lidl I was wondering what would happen if we all went to the observation point just outside Tarifa. We would have been sand blasted for the full day and would have seen nothing. After a quick conflab with other senior members we had a plan. We split the group into two, with one party going to La Janda and Barbate and the other doing a grand loop along the motorway and then into the hills past reservoirs where we expected to find the raptors, then via Benalup to the top end of La Janda.
   Off we went, Bob taking the group to La Janda and the other group with myself and Derek. After a quick dash up the motorway towards Medina-Sidonia (A 381) where we spotted an Osprey sitting on a pole in the lake, we turned on to the A-2226 where we expected to find the raptors waiting for the wind to drop. After a few Km we stopped at the side of the road and watched several raptors trying to fly down the valley and some sitting on the pylons. An adult Egyptian Vulture did a low fly-past, and there were Short-toed Eagles, Griffon Vultures and many Booted Eagles. After a short while we continued along the road until we found a safer place to stop and here we watched the next group of raptors trying to make some progress down the valley.  Seeing that the birds were coming from the same dip in the ridge, we moved on and stopped in the car park of a small venta where we could observe the raptors and enjoy some well deserved coffee.
   Now knowing where we were, I took the lead and continued along the A-2226 spotting some very big ducks in the Embalse del Celemin. Along with the 100 or so Mallard we found geese which looked to be Greylag, however we do not think they were wild, but feral, since one seemed a bit too white. As we moved on we spotted the first of several Marsh Harriers, quartering a wheat field. It was soon followed by another just before the turning to La Janda, so we stopped to have a look. Whilst showing some members the lowest storks nests in Spain the shout went out for a Black-winged Kite and there it was, this beautiful small Kite with up-turned wings struggling against the wind.  The bird finally made it to a dead tree and we all had a chance of viewing it. 
   Off we went again, following the farm track to the rice paddies. I was looking for one that was not too full and with some muddy patches which was soon found.   It was a treat watching lots of the common birds along with some more scarce ones. Then a cloud of Glossy Ibis filled the sky and the colours were spectacular, they soon settled and the hunt was on to find them amongst the rice. This was the best spot and many more birds were found in the rice. Sometimes there were 3 or more species in the field of view. The highlight of this spot were up to four Wood Sandpiper hiding with the Common Snipe and Green Sandpipers. We had a brief view of a Little Bittern, and a Squacco Heron was also found.
   Stomachs were grumbling so we set off once again over the ridge towards the â€˜smelly’ farm, (it must have been once but I have never found it too smelly). We had lunch overlooking the fields behind the farm, and whilst searching for more Black-winged Kites several Honey Buzzards flew low over us.   Some members were still taking photos of the dragonfly that they had found sitting on a bush, but they soon left it to have a look at the Honey Buzzards.
   After lunch we made our way towards the grand canal that runs through the middle of the rice fields. As we drove over the hill we spotted a cloud of dust behind the harvester although as we drove closer we realised that it was not dust but Cattle Egrets - hundreds of them. I drove quickly to the small river to see whether we could get a photo of the Egrets but they were just too far away for my camera. I waited for the rest of the convoy to catch up and we stopped here for a while looking for more Black-winged Kite.   As we followed the road towards the canal I stopped for a scan down one of the farm tracks that are closed to most birders and sitting in the middle was a young Montagu's Harrier.  When we stopped it flew off but the wind was so strong it struggled to get away and we were able to get ahead of the bird and get some fine views as it flew past. We spent some time at the end of this road just before it crosses the bridge on to the main road watching the harrier along with some other birders. A quick dash was made to the sluice gates to see what we could find but it was impossible to get to the top as the wind was just too strong. We were fortunate to see 3 large flocks of Black Storks flying across La Janda, and there were many White Storks on the ground. This is where it was decided to bring the meeting to an end as it was close to 04.30 we had to get home before it got too dark. Thanks to all that attended and I hope the trip back in the spring will be as successful as this one.