Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Osuna 'triangle' - Andalucia 5/6/15

Today's trip with our guide Peter would take us around Osuna and the 'steppe' on what was a very hot dry and dusty day.  Fields and fields of Sunflowers joined us on our journey a magnificent heartwarming sight and a sight that we will remember always.
We passed acre upon acre of Olive groves and it was in the shade of the Olives that we had a couple of good views of Iberian Hares and Stone Curlews sheltering from the hot sun.
A Hoopoe would fly here and there and as we drove along the dusty tracks we had views of Griffon Vultures, Montagues Harrier, Black Shouldered Kite, Black Kite, lesser Kestrels, Calandra, Crested and Greater Short Toed Larks. A couple of Turtle Doves were seen mating on the road side - you don't see that every day!
After stopping for a superb lunch in a local town we went on to a lagoon area. The lagoon was host to Greater Flamingos, Cattle Egrets, Black Necked Grebes, White Headed Ducks and Glossy Ibis. Nice to hear the cooing of a Turtle Dove here and also a family of Swallows all the young lined up waiting to be fed. From the Lagoon we drove onto an area with a huge abandoned property with old outhouses - nature really had reclaimed this area! This area was now home to at least 5 pairs of Rollers and we had great views of this stunning bird but just so hard to get a photo of! Along the way we also had some good views of a few Collared Pratincoles in a field.
Another day of fantastic wildlife, scenery, flora and company.

    Stunning Sunflowers

                   Fields and fields of Sunflowers - Wow!

    Calandra Lark - so lucky that it perched on top of the flower

                   Iberian Hare in the shade of the Olive grove

   Stone Curlew - another fan of the shady Olive groves

                    Stone Curlew on the nest

   Greater Flamingo - still amazes me that we are seeing these beautiful birds in the wild

                   Swimming Flamingos- this pair swimming like graceful pink swans!

   White Headed Duck - a bit far off for a decent shot

                   Family of hungry young swallows

   A flighty Roller!!!!

                  A distant Roller that took flight to an Olive tree

   Serious looking Turtle Dove

                   Collared Pratincole

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