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Post by Brit » May 9th, 2014, 2:38 pm

Beginning of May Birgit had been at Fuente de Piedra and had the opportunity to watch Waders in their wedding dress, for example this Curlew Sandpipoer, who are breeding in the high north:

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Waders at Fuente de Piedra
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Post by Brit » May 16th, 2014, 5:38 pm

Yesterday Birgit was able to watch a Hoopoo foraging from quite close at an earth wall full of holes and cracks. With his long beak he was everywhere picking for insects and grubs, which most likely thought to be safe in their hiding places. The sudden appearance of such a long beak, must be a nightmare for every spider!

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Hoopoo foraging
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Post by Brit » June 23rd, 2014, 7:46 am

Birgit has spent a wonderful holiday week at Lake Steinhude in Germany. Please find the 1st part of the report here:

Lake Steinhude - part I


And here a little film of a brave Great Crested Grebe building nest:

Brave Great Crested Grebe building nest
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Post by Brit » June 29th, 2014, 2:36 pm

Of course Birgit not only made videos but also took photos. The walker who met her with all her camera equipment and binoculars looked quite amazed.

And Birgit was amazed about the skill in nest building of the Great Crested Grebe.

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Lake Steinhude - Part II - Great Crested Grebe building nest
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Post by Brit » June 29th, 2014, 8:07 pm

And here a report about the wellknown Guadalhorce-Mouth at Málaga. Well, what happened, because there suddenly a pair of Ferruginous Ducks appeared for which I desperately was looking at the Lake Steinhude.

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Absulutely sweet were also the Avocet chicks! Please find the report here:

Ferruginous Ducks and Avocet chicks at the Guadalhorce-Mouth
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Post by Brit » July 13th, 2014, 5:07 pm

Today, for a change no birds, but a beautiful Sail Swallowtail, which Birgit observes since a few days in her garden

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Sail Swallowtail in the homey garden
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Post by Brit » August 8th, 2014, 5:14 pm

A few days ago Birgit had been already early in the morning at 8 o’clock at the Rio Grande, but the river is as good as dried out. Only single puddles provide some water for the birds.

Birgit discovered a Hoopoo family and …

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… despite their offspring was the same size like the parents, they had to be fed. In fact they poked with their long beaks, but not real successfully. But Mum was pleased to help!

Birgit caught a few sequences in a video, please look at it here:

Hoopoo feeding their offspring
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Post by Brit » August 18th, 2014, 8:09 pm

This young Short-toed Eagle Birgit

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watched a few days ago at the Strait of Gibraltar moving to Africa. The chap knew exactly what to do!

The other, only few, photos – because there was not much movement – please find here:

Bird migration at the Strait of Gibraltar
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Post by Brit » August 22nd, 2014, 5:45 pm

Also today Birgit spent a wonderful morning at birds migration, which, among others, presented this Osprey:

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A flock of Storks had to fight heavliy against headwind, that much, that they had to turn. Please find the photos here:


Bird migration at the Strait of Gibraltar – August 20 2014
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Post by macdoum » August 23rd, 2014, 1:46 am

Thank you Birgit & Brit also.
Photos greatly enjoyed by all. :thumbs:

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Post by Brit » September 3rd, 2014, 5:14 pm

Thank you macdoum, as always! :wave:
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Post by Brit » September 3rd, 2014, 5:15 pm

For birds there were ideal conditions yesterday at the Strait of Gibraltar and no Stork had to turn back.

As many other birds also this Honey Buzzard flew hotfoot in African direction:

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Bird mirgration at the Strait of Gibraltar- 26.8.2014
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Post by Brit » September 13th, 2014, 9:36 am

Finally the temperatures are also at Birgits’ going down a little bit, so they could make– without the risk to melt -, for the first time since many weeks, a trip to the Guadalhorce-Mouth .

Already the first winter guests arrived there, as this Oystercatcher:

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Please find the little photo report of a wonderful afternoon here:

Guadalhorce-Mouth – September 10 2014
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Post by Brit » September 26th, 2014, 2:46 pm

Birgit spent four wonderful days at Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Mouth of the Guadalquivirs) and besides of many birds they of course also enjoyed the splendid kitchen there. Altogether a great trip, because also the weather was nice.

At the near Salines of Bonanza they didn’t only meet this very young Greater Flamingo

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but whole flocks of birds! What pleasure!

Please find the photo report here::

Salines of Bonanza - September 15–19 2014
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Post by Brit » September 26th, 2014, 2:52 pm

Here follow the photos of the Slender-billed Gulls

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Aren’t they beautiful with their pink and salmon coloured plumage?

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Slender-billed Gulls at the Salines of Bonanza
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Post by Brit » September 26th, 2014, 7:53 pm

And now telling about the, from me much loved, Waders , which we met at "Corrales de Montijo", near Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The group of six nice Grey Plovers was together with them, waiting for the onset of low tide. Considering what a journey from the high North is behind them ….

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Waders at the Corrales of Montijo
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Post by macdoum » September 26th, 2014, 8:27 pm

:loveshower: Beautiful one & all. :thumbs: Thanks to Brit & Birgit

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Post by Brit » September 27th, 2014, 10:38 am

Very welcome, macdoum! And thank you for your attention and always nice words! Very much apprechiated!
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Post by Brit » September 28th, 2014, 6:10 pm

Well, coming to an end with the last photo report of this journey, which tells about the rather cheeky Oysterfisher and elegant Whimbrels …

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… which we met at the „Corrales of Montijo“.

Plese fine the report here:

Oysterfisher and Whimbrel at the Corrales von Montijo
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Post by Brit » October 12th, 2014, 10:23 am

The World Day of the Birds we spent at the rice- and cottonfields of La Janda, where this Red-legged Partridge coquetish played with the camera:

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Other birds played hide and seek with the camera and us and the Storks anyhow couldn’t care less. They were sailing with relish on the blue autumn sky. Please find the report here:

World Day of the Birds at La Janda - October 05 2014
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