Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Guadalentín Valley

Operator error!


  Good days birding in the end after a sluggish start, unfortunately, I cocked up! somehow I had accidentally selected a focusing point that was off-centre so when I aimed the camera using the centre focusing point it was actually using a focusing point below the centre point. Which went unnoticed foremost of the birding day, so all the photos are out of focus, bugger it?

it could of been worse though as some time ago I forgot the batteries for the camera and left them all at home. And everything that day was point-blank, you couldn't write it

Could you?

Notice how the grasses are sharp in front of the bird and below?

Black-bellied Sandgrouse

Black-bellied Sandgrouse

Black-bellied Sandgrouse

Probably the best-prolonged views of 5 Black-bellied Sandgrouse ever! and some minutes later another 4.  A Golden Eagle drifted by followed by 2 more Black-bellied Sandgrouse then a Ring-tailed Hen Harrier quarter the fields also seen Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel,  and unidentified medium-sized all Dark raptor? I'm still trying to figure out what it was? And a few other big raptors which were just too far away to be sure of an ID

Golden Eagle 

Meadow Pipit 

Plenty of small seed eaters Green, Gold Finch, Linnet, Serin, small flocks of  Meadow Pipit A single Water Pipit, Crested Lark, Flocks of Sky Lark, Tree Sparrows, Spectacled Warblers, Fan Tailed Warbler, Black Redstarts and Chough,

Crested Lark

So all in all a good day, worth the effort of getting there, we'll go back at some point soonish 

Fan Tailed Warbler

Have a great day



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