Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Raptor survey with Elche University

Today I met up with JuanMa and many other students and rangers associated with the University of Elche to conduct a comprehensive raptor study of El Hondo and Santa Pola. Listed below are my personal raptor totals recorded from my location during the survey period in El Hondo,

Greater Spotted Eagle - 4 (2 X 3rd winter, 1 adult and 1 juv), Booted Eagle (3 all pale phase birds), Osprey (2), Marsh Harrier (4), Kestrel (1). Other birds of note recorded from my survey location included a single Great Egret and 22 Common Crane. The below record shots show Tonn the radio tagged Estonian 3w Greater Spotted Eagle and a Juv bird.

Greater Spotted Eagle. Left - Juv. Right - Tonn 3w.

Greater Spotted Eagle, Immature bird possibly also from Estonia as indicated by white PVC ring on its left leg.

Santa Pola also yielded some raptors in the form of, Osprey (1), Marsh Harrier (10), Kestrel (1) and a single female Peregrine Falcon. Also of note at Santa Pola were 6 Spotted Redshank, 14 Spoonbill and a single Great Egret. The considerably better images below are from yesterday at La Mata with 200+ Golden Plover and 120+ Stone Curlew being the best find of the day.

Iberian Green Woodpecker.

Above 3 Images - Avocet.

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