John’s images of the Spanish birdlife & wildlife shows the enormous variety of species to be seen & images to be captured. For sure, favourite species do get photographed by the group as a whole, such as the hoopoe. But as a group, our guests found enough variety on this trip to add to their portfolio without overlapping with one & other, thanks to the widespread network of hides across the estate of El Taray.
There are a pair of hides dedicated to capturing images of harriers. These diurnal hawks characteristically hunt by flying low over open ground, feeding on small mammals, reptiles, or birds. Typically, on the estate of El Taray, the harriers to be found are the marsh harrier. The male is characterised by the very clear chestnut brown mantle & the grey secondaries & black outer primaries. Meanhile, the female usually is identifiable by the rather dark plumage except for the creamy crown, nape, & throat. Both male & female are regular visitors to the various hides spread across the estate.
A wide range of lenses may be used at these hides, ranging from 400mm to 600mm but I would personally recommend something like the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x which is extremely versatile for shooting portraits & action shots.
Finally, we close the post with a pair of images of the Stone Curlew. Many thanks to John for sharing his wonderful images with us. We hope to see you again soon!
PHOTOGRAPH THE SPANISH WILDLIFE & BIRDLIFE OF THE ESTATE OF EL TARAY YOURSELF
To photograph the Spanish Wildlife & Birdlife of Toledo yourself, join Alan, in Spain during June & July 2020 for a trip lasting 7 nights. This photography holiday is ideal for photographing a vast variety of Spanish Birds, including common buzzard, common reed warbler, common sandpiper, crested lark, hoopoe, Iberian hare, lesser kestrel, little owl, harriers of varying type, spotless starling, starling, stone curlew, wild rabbit & more besides!
All the details of the Spanish Birdlife of Toledo photography holiday are available on the dedicated event page.