Just to give you an idea,, I have this morning downloaded nearly 2.500 photos which now have to be sorted. I saw (if my sums are correct) 168 species of which 148 were new in Oz, and in NZ (again with the same caveat) 153 spp. with 99 new ones, some of these already having been new in Oz.
NOTE: Would Mark White and any others who have had similar ideas in the past please by introducing them as 'comments' notes that I will not put in any business advertising unless I have tried the product myself (i.e.. anything relating to birding) and think that it may be of interest to my readers, of which there are far more than I thought! Thank you all, dear things.
Thanks to Nick Ransdale of Moulismes Nature and his web page www.nick-ransdale.com It is in both English and French, the brushingup of the latter won't hurt any (even if they did beat us in the Six Nations - quelle grande merde!). Glad that you've found the first book of 1987 helpful, Nick, and there is no refund on a book going on for nearly 30 years old!
So, now to all the stuff Dave has sent from Almería whilst I have been away and which I hope will all get put in as a compendium (don't know what it means but it sounds good). This is unedited work and many thanks, Dave & Gilly and all the Arboleas folks. By the by, the record of the Brent Goose is a jolly good one and off.hand I can't think of any others this far south, akthough there are odd ones from Huelva, I believe.
|Southern Grey Shrike|
Adrian very kindly agreed to show the Arboleas Birding Group round his patch which is about midway between Puerto Lumbreres and Velez Rubio. Thirteen of us met up at a cafe just off Junction 6 of the A91 motorway. After a coffee & chat we followed Adrian in our vehicles, stopping at selected locations, the first being by some derelict farm buildings. After a slow start birds began to show themselves. Black Redstart, Sardinian Warbler, Chaffinch,Stonechat, Robin, Blackbird, Linnet, Great Tit and finally a pair of Black Wheatear. The next stop, near to the El Cimbre complex had good views over to the mountains to the east of the Velez's. I spotted a male Blue Rock Thrush atop the El Cimbre sign, a magnificent structure with olive trees in large "pots"! It eventually flew over us to a ruin, where it was joined by Thekla Larks. Alan spotted a plume of about a dozen Griffon Vultures over the aforementioned mountains. Then Carolyn, I think, was the first to see an eagle flying towards us, right over our heads. Our first Short Toed Eagle of the year. A Corn Bunting showed well just down the road ignoring passing cars until I approached with camera poised!