Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Day Tour (Option 3) - Murcian River Valley

Option 3 of our day tours is a popular choice amongst birders and photographers of all levels.  This versatile natural environment is just an hours drive away.  It's diversity of habitats provides us with the opportunity to see waders, raptors, larks and warblers as well as the breeding highlights depending on when we visit.  April and May are the best times to see the beautiful and graceful Bee-eaters and Rollers as they display in the air and in the valley where they breed. 

Below are some of the photographs we took today in the 5 hours (including lunch) we were on site.  If you would like to join us for a days birding, click here to be re-directed to our website where you can see what day tours we offer.  (A full list of the species seen today is below the photos),

Bee-eater in flight 

And another ........

And another ........

.......... having a well earned rest on the fence 


Roller in flight  x 4

Red-rumped Swallow x 3

Little Ringed Plover 

Black-bellied Sandgrouse

Black-bellied Sandgrouse

Species List 
Roller (15+) / Bee-eater (30+) / Magpie (15) / Black-bellied Sandgrouse (7) / Southern Grey Shrike / Woodchat Shrike / Swallow / Red-rumped Swallow / Swift / Pallid Swift / Nightingale (5) / Spotless Starling / Corn Bunting / Jackdaw / Great Spotted Cuckoo (2) / Quail / Hoopoe  / Turtle Dove / Tree Sparrow / House Sparrow / Greenfinch / Serin / Yellow Wagtail / White Wagtail / Little Owl / Moorhen / Coot / Stonechat /  Red Legged Partridge / Sardinian Warbler / Spectacled Warbler / Whitethroat / Black-winged Stilt / Common Sandpiper / Little Ringed Plover / Little Grebe / Calandra Lark / Short-toed Lark / Crested Lark / Thekla Lark / Kestrel / Montagu's Harrier / Golden Eagle 

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