Monday, 3 August 2009

Creatures of the Night

Had a twilight walk around La Mata last night and was treated to loads of Nightjars - mainly European but a few Red-necked thrown in for good measure. All a bit surprising as European are by far the poor relation out here. Had a Barn Owl being mobbed by a Red-necked a couple of feet above my head and neither really noticed as they duelled. A few Scops were calling unseen in the trees (im just glad I found a day rooster a few years ago in Greece). Lots of Stone Curlew screaming away as they flew about and several different types of bat including several large Noctule like individuals, another medium sized one with long ears and a variety of tiny bats. Also a good passage of summer plumage Curlew Sandpipers. Which was nice.

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