|Cattle Egret Garcilla Bueyera Bubulcus ibis (PHOTO: Steve Powell)|
|Turtle Dove Tortola Europea Streptopelia turtur (PHOTO: Steve Powell)|
|Departing Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea (PHOTO: Steve Powell)|
|Purple Heron Garza Imperial Ardea purpurea|
At least a half-dozen Grey Herons on the water including youngsters and a single Purple Heron. The quartet of Little Egrets were at the back of the water where I also discovered a p[air of juvenile Night Herons resting at the water's edge. Overhead, a continuous movement of a few gulls, mainly immature Yellow-legged Gulls abut also a handful of Black-headed Gulls. The occasional Barn Swallow was joined a single Sand Martin which was rather a very pleasant surprise , closely followed by a few House Martins. Before moving on we managed to find a couple of Purple Swamphens doing their usual meandering walk amongst the reed edges followed by balancing on one leg whilst they used the other to hold young shoots up to their beaks.
|Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus (PHOTO: Steve Powell)|
However, I mainly concentrated on watching the Purple Heron, Night Herons and Purple Swamphen until I found a little brown duck with a white rear end and realised I was looking at a Ferruginous Duck. A rather lovely way to end the evening I thougt as I made my way to the far side to join Steve. I then carried on to the Laguna del Lirio where I was in time to find a departing adult Night Heron along with a Reed Warbler.
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta checking out "Who dat down dere?"|
Meanwhile, Steve returned to main water to see the Ferruginous Duck and, on meeting me again fifteen minutes later, was able to report that not only had he seen the duck but by then there were nine of the bird and he even managed to get them all into one frame as the light rapidly disappeared. In addition, he managed to find a White Wagtail and the few Cattle Egrets that had started to arrive for their nightly roost before I left was now rapidly increasing. So back he came disturbing the feeding Blackbird on the main track and we set off back to Frigilliana having duly recorded 31 species at the reserve - plus the four seen earlier in the day.
|A group of 10 Ferruginous Ducks Porron Pardo Aythya nyroca gathered for the night (PHOTO: Steve Powell)|
|Young Black-tailed Godwit Aguja Colinegra Limosa limosa seeking company with the Mallards Anas platyrhynchos|
|One of at least three Red-knobbed Coots Focha Moruno Fulica cristata taking its early evening bath|
|The ever-present Spotted Flycatcher Papamoscas Gris Muscicapa striata|
|A very static Scarlet Darter (Broad Scarlet) Crocothemis erythraea seen from the small hide|
Mallard, Ferruginous Duck, Little Grebe, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Bee-eater, Thekla Lark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, White Wagtail, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
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