COTO DONANA AND ALENTEJO ALBUM

 

 

 

May 2014

This trip was for the Leeds RSPB group and we had a pretty fine time with good weather and lots of birds:

  

Beautiful Lesser Kestrel and Collared Pratincole

  

Great Spotted and Common Cuckoo, both very showy

photographs by Mark Newsome, one of the leaders

 

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Here are a few pictures from our 2013 trip

White Storks were a common sight.

 

Many were nesting very close to the road.

 

Whiskered Terns were plentiful just outside the first hotel.

 

Whiskered Tern, El Rocio

 

An unusual find - a hybrid Little Egret x Western Reef Heron in Las Marismas, Coto Donana.

 

Western Olivaceous Warbler

 

Thekla Lark

 

Thekla Lark

 

Stonechat

 

Squacco Heron

 

Spanish Wagtail

 

A Spanish Imperial Eagle in Portugal! It was not so easy to photograph but we got some great views.

 

The same eagle!

 

..and again. This one had an aerial and tracking device.

 

Iberian Grey Shrike

 

Short-toed Eagle

 

Scarlet Darter

 

Red-veined Darter

 

Newly emerged Red-veined Darter

 

Purple Heron

 

Pallid Swift

 

Black-crowned Night-Heron

 

Little Tern

 

..and again!

 

Displaying Little Bustard

 

The male Little Bustards were good value with their dramatic displays and curious calls.

 

Flamingos close to our hotel.

 

This was one of several Great Spotted Cuckoos we saw this year.

 

This is just part of a flock of Great Bustards.

 

Great Bustard in flight.

 

Glossy Ibis

 

Glossy Ibis

 

Dunlin and Curlew Sandpiper

 

Corn Buntings were very common.

 

Collared Pratincole

 

Booted Eagle

 

Blue Rock Thrush just outside our hotel in Portugal.

 

The Black-winged Stilts were fantastic.

 

Black-winged Stilt

 

Black-shouldered Kite

 

Bee-eater

 

Bar-tailed Godwits

 

Azure-winged Magpie

 

..and another!

These were all taken by Mark Newsome, one of the leaders.

 

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Here are a few pictures from our May 2010 trip, taken by Paul Willoughby

Woodchat Shrike

 

Squacco Heron in the Coto Donana

 

We saw four rare Red-knobbed Coots on our 2010 trip. This was the most obliging.

 

Azure-winged Magpies are seen in big numbers in both areas we visit.

 

Black-winged Stilt at Brazo del Este

 

Picnic near Los Palacios

 

Great Reed Warbler singing outside our hotel in El Rocio. We can see them whilst eating our breakfast!

 

The heronry at Valverde contained Squaccos, Cattle Egrets, Little Egrets and Glossy Ibis. The latter have increased tremendously in the last few years.

 

Collared Pratincole at Brazo del Este.

 

Flowers carpet the Alentejo at this time of year.

 

 

 

The pretty town of Mertola has nesting White Storks and Lesser Kestrels.

 

An adult White Stork shades its chicks.

 

At Pulo do Lobo (Wolf leap!) we can see a different range of birds including Blue Rock Thrush and Rock Bunting (below).

 

 

 

 

Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.

 

 

 

 

 

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