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28 September 2017 @ 09:36 am
Spain Day 2  
Lots of pics this time.



A little back tracking. I found these outlets by one of the restrooms in Miami Airport. I was so glad because there are official charging stations in the terminals but they are always full with people waiting in line to charge their phones and tablets. No one was using these so I hung out here for about 20 minutes with my phone before going to wait for my plane.



I forgot the name of this town but we went here in search of white storks. There weren't any unfortunately but you can see a nest on the tower.





This looked like some kind of town hall. Notice the stork nests on top.



No the way to the town of Manzanares. I always enjoy seeing mountains because I'm not used to them being a flat lander.





Entrances to Parque Regional de la Cuenca. A park in the mountains.



Black stork. Never saw a white one but these I think are more rare so awesome to see it.



Black berries on the way to a lake. I ate a few despite the nasty thorns.



There were many dried thistles.



A mountain in the distance from this lake. I like it because it kind of looks like a volcano.



I liked these houses on the cliff.



Black Headed Gull in winter plumage. This bird was hard to ID but now I have confirmed this is what it is. Another lifer. This whole trip was basically gaining new life list birds.



Great crested grebe.



Little Egret.



I liked that the rain gutters were dragon heads.



More stork nests on a tower, but no one was home.



My Scary boy at Castillo Manzanares.



The four towers of Madrid. I know it looks like three. One is in front of another.



A magpie in a tree.

This day was great. I loved the Manzanares area and saw so many new birds. I saw a total of 12 new lifers on this trip which is my record yet. This is also the day I got sick when I got home. I started feeling bad and had a mild sore throat that only got worse. I suspect I picked up something on the plane.

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actipton80actipton80 on September 28th, 2017 03:30 pm (UTC)
So many nice birds. I love the magpie. I love the blackberries too. I think they cut down all the ones near me, so we didn't pick any this year.
Desthagirion on September 28th, 2017 04:22 pm (UTC)
I was thrilled that basically every bird I saw was new to me. The magpies were cool but hard to get pics of. Blackberries are yummy. I'm glad they grow there too.

Odd question. Did by chance I leave a small light pink shirt at your house? It's been missing since the eclipse. I don't know what I did with it.
actipton80actipton80 on September 28th, 2017 06:44 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen any pink shirts around. I asked Mom, and she hasn't seen one either.
Desthagirion on September 28th, 2017 08:41 pm (UTC)
Ok thanks. I asked my aunt too in case I left it at her house.
karyl_deltakaryl_delta on September 28th, 2017 08:13 pm (UTC)
The name of the city is Alcalé, the town where Cervantes, the author of Don Quijote (your favourite book in Spanish, ha ha!) was born.

I didn´t know that you got to take a picture to a magpie!

The name of the town with the castle is not Manzanares. Manzanares is the river of Madrid. The name is La Pedriza. And the natural green is the Parque Regional de la cuenca del Manzanares. Cuenca de un río is the river basin.

Edited at 2017-09-28 08:19 pm (UTC)
Des: Embarassed Gadzooksthagirion on September 28th, 2017 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oops. I will fix all that in the descriptions soon. Ha, I still have to try and read it. I have a huge copy of it now.

Yes this is my best photo of a magpie but I will post a few more.

I am painting in photoshop today and almost done with the one of Fear looking at the mountain. It's turning out nice.
jokerforeverjokerforever on September 29th, 2017 07:22 am (UTC)
The town looks nice from what I can see, looks peaceful and not very busy, at least not from the first two pics. Shame the storks weren't present, though the nests look cool at least. Nice to see the sea birds flying over the water as well.
Desthagirion on September 29th, 2017 12:05 pm (UTC)
You know I hadn't even realized but you're right. There weren't many people around and I liked that. My introversion was happy and didn't even notice that it was odd how few people were around. Yes at least it was still cool to see the nests. I really enjoyed seeing the new birds over that lake.
Calzephyrcalzephyr77 on October 1st, 2017 10:37 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful country!
Desthagirion on October 2nd, 2017 12:46 pm (UTC)
Yes it was very nice. Different too.