What a gorgeous start to to the day with clear blue skies, full sunshine and quite warm, no need for extra layers! And before we even reached the first hide at the large car park we stopped to witness a half-dozen Curlew take of and circle their present site before finding new cover. And then, as we entered the hide looking east. a quartet of Cranes flew over westwards calling as they travelled. there were at least hundred or more Avocets resting almost below us and scores of Flamingo ahead of us in the almost mist-like distance. Forget the House Sparrows as we watched a female Marsh Harrier drift over towards us on the right and then a pair of courting Kestrels on top of a post. Iberian Grey Shrike? Certainly and a Grey Plover at the water's edge. What a way to start the morning.
Continuing to study the water and vegetation in front of us we soon added Stonechat, Chiffchaff and Sardinian Warbler along with Black-winged Stilt, Ringed Plover and a Raven passed overhead. Moving on to the first hide on the southern shore we son added both Crested Lark and more Chiffchaff and once ensconced were looking at numerous Cormorant and a number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Lovely to also see more Slender-billed Gulls. Crag Martins were feeding overhead then very close and clear views of a Dartford Warbler to keep us smiling. Not just the brief view of a Hoopoe but at least eight Curlews landed in the field to the west giving good flight and settled views.
|Slender-billed Gull Gaviota Picofina Larus genei|
|Redshank Archibebe Comun Tringa totanus|
|Wigeon Silbon Europeo Anas penelope|
|Cormorant Cormoran Grande Phalacrocorax carbo flying in to join fifty friends|
Continuing on along the narrow and, at times, challenging sandy track we found flocks of Serin and Goldfinch along with a number of Collared Dove and a Greenshank as we took our farewell to Cabo de Gata at the original hide. 55 species recorded on the day (and not a single Blackbird during the two days) but, most of all, two very enjoyable days in good company and good weather. Thank you "Other" Bob.
|Wigeon Silbon Europeo Anas penelope and Black-necked Grebes Zampullin Cuelinegro Podiceps nigricolli|
Shelduck, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Black-necked Grebe, Gannet, Cormorant, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Moorhen, Coot, Crane, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Little Stint, Dunlin, Back-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Sandwich Tern, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Crag Martin, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Black Wheatear, Dartford Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Iberian Grey Shrike, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch
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