The unsound approach

SOUTHERN SPAIN PHOTO ESSAY

AUGUST 2009

A week in and around Malaga: ie 'holiday' sensu strictu with girl and thus fairly minimal birding. Did some heavy preparation beforehand i.e. remembered to bring my phone and get gen off the WP proffessionals in the field. I at least gave myself the opportunity to play around with some new camera gear in the single lens reflex style, cf above Western Bonelli's Warbler at El Torcal (AL). Can't wait for October... 

Griffon Vulture, El Torcal (AL).

Great Flamingoes, Laguna de Fuente de Piedra. No sign of any Lessers, at least with the main group on the east side. Still, less interested in them after reading this (AL). 

Sorry about this. Couldn't help myself. Should probably have stopped the car to photograph good stuff like Black-eared Wheatears etc (AL).

Scarce Swallowtail, Montes de Malaga (AL)

Regular Swallowtail, Montes de Malaga (AL)

Two-tailed Pasha. Mint (AL). 

White-headed Duck, Laguna de Fuente de Piedra. Western Olivaceous Warblers also elusive in the Tamarisks here and loads of Gull-billed Terns and waders on the salt lake (AL).  

Cory's Shearwater (borealis), Strait of Gibraltar ( مضيق جبل طارق).  One Mediterranean population of Cory's (from Almeria) falls into the Atlantic subspecies clade, both by genetic and by morphometric analyses, which shows that the Almeria-Oran oceanographic front (AOOF) is the dividing line of the summer range of the two taxa (Gómez-Díaz et al. 2006)(AL).

Bottle-nosed Dolphin, several pods were located on the 'Central ridge' cf Stephanis et al. (2008), where this species (and the following) is resident. (AL)

Long-finned Pilot Whale, off Tarifa. (AL)

Golden Oriole, Ronda. (AL)

Bolonia black-and-white-swift montage. Four White-rumped Swifts, (left) and 5 Little Swifts (right), all ultra-cropped. The Swifts were feeding high over the rock face on our arrival at 1845 and were present until 1950 after which time they probably went to roost despite it being totally light. Still it means that if you've got non-birders in tow you can do dusk rather than dawn. (AL)