Saturday, May 21, 2005

Road to nowhere

After a successful nip back to the Laguna de Terelo for White-headed Ducks (Oxyura leucocephala) and another unsuccessful trip through the Algaida pines for Azure-winged Magpies (Cyanopica cyanus) we started to make our way back to the main road for a quick run north to the Brazo del Este area. The chosen route found us heading east on an incredibly long, straight road in a dreadful state of repair, which made progress frustratingly slow and put the trip north in doubt. In the end the decision was made for us by the appearance of a Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola) on a roadside bank. We lingered to watch 50 or more here on the adjacent field and to keep us there longer two or three Purple Herons (Ardea purpurea) kept appearing along with some interesting insects and a constant barrage of Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) song. So we never made it to Brazo del Este and the Pinzon Marshes, and that will have to wait for another trip.

Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola) - Click for larger pics

Digiscoped with Nikon CP995, Leica APO77 + 20x eyepeice

I can make out three 'prats', or is it four!

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) - Click for larger pic

Egyptian Grasshopper (Anacridium aegyptium) - Click for larger pic

Scarlet Darter Crocothemis erythraea - Click for larger pic

Nikon CP995

Next - Hidden Pools of Sanlucar

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