This little owl was photographed in Spain, on a hillock in a plain, south of the Pyrenees.
After 2 November, 3 November 2014 in Aragon.
To Monegros plain.
A green sandpiper on a lakelet bank.
Foggy weather. There has been drought for a long time. As we walk, many millipedes on the dry soil.
Also, many young natterjack toads. Still very small, less than one centimeter.
Many larks flying and singing. Most of them are calandra larks. Also some, smaller, lesser short-toed larks.
We had hoped to see sandgrouse here, but we don’t see them.
We do see the little owl, pictured at the top of this blog post.
A meadow pipit drinking at one of few puddles.
Then, sandgrouse at last: three black-bellied sandgrouse.
This video is about black-bellied sandgrouse (and chukar partridges) in Israel. We could not see these three ones in Spain as well, as they flew overhead fast.
A crested lark on a field.
A bit further, eight red-legged partridges.
A male merlin on a wall. A hoopoe on a rock.
Six black-bellied sandgrouse on a field.
A flock of choughs.
A bit further back along the same road, a Thekla lark. Sometimes, it sings.
We go back to the lakelet. A snipe.
Though it is already November, still butterflies. Like this one.
We climb a hillock. At first, we see hardly any birds. A bit later, we can see scores of pin-tailed sandgrouse.
After a long time of exerting our eyes and binoculars near a village, we finally manage to see a well-camouflaged stone curlew on a field near a village. The scores of cattle egrets on a building there are easier to spot.
Finally, a hide near a lake. A little grebe.
A water pipit.
Two marsh harriers, flying to the reedbeds for sleeping.