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Post by macdoum » July 27th, 2011, 2:45 am

Some more beautiful photographs thank to Brigit and Brit. :nod:
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Post by Brit » July 28th, 2011, 8:48 am

Here a little story about this brave and courageous Snowy Plover Mum:

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Here you’ll find the complete photo story:

Guadalhorce-Mouth - July 26 2011
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Post by Brit » August 3rd, 2011, 11:04 am

On the weekend a Kingfisher visited the biotope!! Birgit thinks he wanted to find out if he could spend the winter there and might have moved on disappointed, because there are no fishes in the biotope.

Also this young Corn Bunting was visiting:

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Bird migration is clearly to be observed. A little report about the experiences from the weekend you’ll find here:

Visitor at the biotope
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Post by Brit » August 3rd, 2011, 11:06 am

Just two days old is this sweet lively Little Ringed Plover chick:

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It’s story and how the courageous parents defend its chick and something else you find here:

Guadalhorce-Mouth – July 29 and August 01 2011
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Post by Brit » August 13th, 2011, 4:53 pm

As we stayed yesterday afternoon at the Guadalhorce, we unfortunately could discover only one of the four Little Ringed Plover chicks (as Antonio Tamayo, responsible for this areas, told us also Little Egrets belong to the enemies of this chicks, as well as the numerous gulls and snakes. Hopefully the small one will be soon able to fly, that the parents at least could have raised one chick!

The last weeks we already observed, that Kingfishers arrive at the Guadalhorce for wintering. Yesterday we were lucky enough, that one was posing in front of the observation hut:

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What else we experienced you’ll find here:

Guadalhorce-Mouth – August 10 2011
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Post by Brit » August 19th, 2011, 8:46 am

The day before yesterday we had been at Fuente de Piedra where thousands and thousands of Greater Flamingos populated the lagoon and this little Zitting Cisticola was performing its morning toilet:

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Here you’ll find the short photo report:

Fuente de Piedra – August 16 2011
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Post by macdoum » August 19th, 2011, 8:47 pm

Thank you Brit and Birgit for more fab. photographs. :2thumbsup:
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Post by Brit » August 20th, 2011, 7:29 pm

Thank you macdoum for your interest always ! :wave:
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Post by alice44 » August 22nd, 2011, 9:31 am

Somehow I missed the activity here but I am catching up.

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Post by Brit » August 23rd, 2011, 7:52 pm

The person responsible for Guadalhorce kept his word and installed more raised hides for the Kingfishers, to make fishing for crabs easier for them . And … you cannot imagine how much they like to take advantage of these new branches:

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It was a beautiful late afternoon at the Guadalhorce with lots of exciting experiences and feathered guests. The report you’ll find here:

Guadalhorce-Mouth – August 22 2011
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Post by Brit » August 29th, 2011, 7:00 am

You won’t believe it, but not even 36,5°C prevented me to drive again to the Guadalhorce. That’s because I have dreamed of the Kingfishers and urgently wanted to see if they are still around. And they were!

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But they not only showed me their artistic skill of catching prey! Mr. Black-headed Weaver wanted to stay in no way inferior to that and impressed me by his skillfulness!

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Guadalhorce – August 24 2011
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Post by Brit » September 1st, 2011, 7:18 pm

Yesterday Birgit had been at the Guadalhorce again, where hundreds of Little Terns were resting and these two so elegant Greenshanks came very close to us:

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With the beginning of dusk two Purple Herons came out of their hiding to continue their journey to Africa. Pure emotion!
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Guadalhorce – August 31 2011
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Post by Brit » September 6th, 2011, 11:04 am

As we arrived the day before yesterday at the Rio Grande, we had been quite amazed, because the big woods at this river obviously gave shelter to about 100 Honey Buzzards to wait for the end of the bad weather front. And so we experienced bird migration where we even hadn’t expected it, namely at the Rio Grande. Main protagonist the Honey Buzzards, firmly decided to take the very first thermal bubble to the South:

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We nearly went crazy with joy and emotion and hopefully these images show at least a little bit of the experienced moments. Here you’ll find the photo report:

Honey Buzzard on their migration – September 02 2011
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Post by Brit » September 6th, 2011, 11:06 am

The Rio Grande is a real oasis for birds residing there as well as their cousins who on migration to Africa take a rest in this mostly not approachable area. Some of them were hunting directly in front of our noses, as for example a group of Squacco Herons:

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We could not believe that they were not at all disturbed by our presence in the camouflage car.

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Rio Grande - An oasis for migrating birds
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Post by Brit » September 6th, 2011, 11:08 am

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Here the photo series which – only from a few meters distance – I was able to make out of the car from the foraging Squacco Herons:

Squacco Herons foraging
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Post by Brit » September 12th, 2011, 9:23 am

Bird migration at the Strait of Gibraltar

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Photographic ally it was not that successful, because the birds were flying verfy high up, but a few photos I brought. Also from a huge flock of White Storks, which vigorous efforts to cross the Strait of Gibraltar we watched for one hour. We really shivered in excitement ourselves, because again and again they were drifted on the Atlantic Ocean, but these guys had everything under control and with our binoculars we very well could follow that they finally were heading for the African coast and now as hundreds and hundreds of raptors arrived at their winter habitat.

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Bird migration Tarifa - September 8 and 10 2011
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Post by macdoum » September 13th, 2011, 7:28 pm

As ever,many thanks to Brit and Birgit for more beautiful photographs. :2thumbsup:
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Post by Brit » September 27th, 2011, 7:26 pm

Back from a terrific short holiday at the Salines of Bonanza, please find here the first report, namely the one about a well-traveled American Golden Plover, which we were able to observe at Bonanza. Also it didn’t slip the attention of its European colleagues the Gray Plovers:

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The whole story please find here:

American Golden Plover
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Post by Brit » September 28th, 2011, 7:45 am

Here follows the story about the Gray Plover, which after the long flight from the high North is taking a rest at the Salines and doesn’t have anything else in mind but to feed as much as possible.

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Here is the whole story:

Gray Plover foraging
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Post by macdoum » September 30th, 2011, 5:39 pm

Brit, thanks to you and Birgit for the ongoing photographic story of such beauty. :2thumbsup:
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