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Our newly arrived Red-Rumped Swallows start the task of nest building, feeding as the go.

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Black-eared Wheatears have been arriving with the lovely male photographed on the 15th.

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With a backdrop of the Grazalema mountain range Greater Flamingoes create a pink hue across the landscape as they move into feed at Venta La Palma on the Río Guadalquivir.

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This week saw a huge influx of Subalpine Warblers. It was mainly males that I’ve seen so far and they are already on their territories in Cadiz province singing with gusto!

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Common Whitethroats are also passing through

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As are Spectacled Warblers that breed here

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Just to compare: Greenshank with Redshank

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Last weeks rains made some of the tracks pretty tricky…even for the cattle

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Black Kites continue with other raptors to cross The Strait.

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Black Kite arriving in Spain

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Common Buzzard, Booted Eagle and Black Kite take advantage of the warm thermals

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There are a few Ospreys are around, fishing and slowly migrating northwards

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Yellow Wagtails have been coming across in their thousands and are always lovely birds to watch in March. This is a male iberiae form that breeds here on the iberian peninsular.

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There has been a terrific amount of water coming down the rivers after such recent heavy rain storms, staining the sea coasts a thick brown colour from all the silt. Here a freighter on the Guadalquivir has collected a collection of tree branches and other floating debris as it heads from Seville to the Atlantic Ocean at Sanlucar de Barrameda.

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Lots of Common Pochard around like this lovely male in breeding plumage

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White Storks have been mating, bill-clapping, mating and bill-clapping as they do…

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White Storks are birds that don’t call, sing or make any other noise apart from bill-clapping and to watch this form of pair bonding is very interesting. The noise is amplified when they open their beaks and throat allowing the sound waves to reverberate off their vocal chords (yes they do have them!) as they tension and relax them to create different pitch.

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Common Kestrel female

Stephen Daly

Stephen Daly

Stephen Daly, has been birding since he was eight years old in his native Scotland. After living in Germany and France he established Andalucian Guides the successful birding and wildlife tour company on The Strait of Gibraltar in Spain and has been living here since 2001. Photographing birds in flight is one passion and his photos can be found in many books, magazines and journals. Studying bird behaviour and bird migration are two other positive aspects of being based on one of the busiest migration routes on Earth.

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