Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Counting the Costa (Part 4)

A rather obliging female Serin
On the 5th we went en famille to El Clot de Galvany. My wife confessed that this pretty urban oasis of a reserve was her favourite part of Spain and to be honest I dont think it is too shabby. Birdwise it was a little quiet although Black Redstarts & Robins abounded. A Buzzard flew through with a squadron of Crag Martins attached to its derrier. On the pool were many Teal but none of the species which the reserve is rightly held in regard for. A handful of Stonechats and Iberian Grey Shrikes stood sentinel over the clumps of vegetation.


It all seemed a bit of a bust until something huge crossed the path ahead of us. I managed a distant shot of the disappearing tail of an Oscillated Lizard. It was like an iguana and lumberingly slow in the cooling breeze. 



 

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