Saturday, May 21, 2005

Algaida and the northern salinas

Taking a slow drive through the Algaida Pines we emerged to the north in drier habitat thick with Crested Larks (Galerida cristata) and chanced across a Roller (Coracius garrulus). The target here was Lesser Short-toed Lark (Calandrella rufescens), but a singing Spectacled Warbler (Sylvia conspicillata) was a bonus, Short-toed Larks (Calandrella brachydactyla) showed well and looking back over the unpromising-looking older salinas Will picked out a 3rd calendar year Audouin's Gull (Larus audouinii).

Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) - Click for larger pics

Nikon CP995

Lesser Short-toed Lark (Calandrella rufescens)

Digiscoped with Nikon CP995, Leica APO77 + 20x eyepeice

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