Sizzling Sandgrouse by Paul Sterry

Female Pin-tailed Sandgrouse have intricately marked plumage; the patterns and colours complement those of the landscape. Paul Sterry/Nature Photographers Ltd

Paul writes: If you think the UK has been hot of late then think again: on a recent photographic trip to northeast Spain temperatures peaked at 44°C. The aim of trip was to photograph sandgrouse, two species of which – Pin-tailed and Black-bellied – are present in the region. The height of summer, when water is at a premium, is the best time to photograph these enigmatic birds on their daily visits to drinking pools. To find out more about the trip, and about Spain’s sandgrouse visit

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