Started the day about 10.00 hours, leaving Castro Verde on the road to Mertola, taking in all the lanes and minor roads left and right of the N123.
Glossy Ibis, 6
Cattle Egret, 30 +
Crested Lark, several
Corn Bunting, 100's
Southern Grey Shrike, 40 +
White Stork, many, nesting and in fields everywhere
Red-legged Partrigde, 10 +
14.30 hours, a break for tea at Mertola, then a return journey of the morning to end up back at Castro Verde.
On return to the D123, I parked in the first layby, on the same tree as my previous visit last September, a distant Eagle, to far for me to identify !
First left, hoping for a better view, saw two eagles, distant, again unidentifiable for me !
a bit futher on the same road, 17.20 hours, now perfect light, I take a photo of the two White Storks
200 yards futher along the lane, 4 Great Bustard, 1 minute to view and they flew,
Then a movement closer, whilst still in the same view, much closer than the Great Bustards, the special one appeared,
That was an superb 5 minutes, the two ''prize birds'' I had hoped to see ! ! ! and photos !
The day is not over, I move up the road not half a mile, still perfect light
Then, 4 Great Bustards, probably the same 4 birds seen not 12 minutes ago
Then noticing a 5th Great Bustard, much closer
Day finished at 17.44 hours, I head off in failing light towards Castro Verde.
The last half hour, '''STUNNING'''