Thursday, 26 February 2015

Laguna de Gallocanta

0710HRS departing Hotel Secazia   for dawn watch over the Laguna de Gallocanta,it was  dark as we travelled along the tracks to our view point another hard frost for company.
Early morning produced many cranes and the boar and the harrier as light broke,other
notables were hen harrier,Merlin ,Short eared owl ,larks,tree sparrows and numerous corn buntings.
The early morning jaunt for the sunrise was a highlight of the day the light and evocative calls of the
cranes ,a photographers nightmare or paradise.

We left reluctantly for breakfast and returned with Javier our local guide once again to the lagoon.
A Spanish film crew were doing an agricultural film on Gallocanta and interviewed and filmed us a we
watched the birdies.
At a distance Shelduck and Dunlin were distant ,moving out to a tower hide improved the
viewing somewhat..
Around 1400HRS we had lunch ,another picnic where closer views of cranes were obtained,more
harriers and merlin again.
Moving on 3 Great Bustards took off and a pair of Little Owls obliged near their nest site,filled up with petrol then off looking for the elusive Bustards.

We eventually caught up with the Great Bustards this trio were a bit flighty,we were all a
little jaded after two long days in the field as we arrived back at our hotel.

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