|Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus|
|Male White-headed Duck Oxytura leucocephala (note the dark bill)|
Back to the above-water feeders. A number of Barn Swallows were present but these were far outnumbered by the scores of Sand Martins busy building up their strength for the coming migration. Just the three Black-headed Gulls present but then the raptors. Having already seen a Montagu's Harrier as I joined the main road to Campillos followed by a couple of Kestrels (a third one was waiting for me on the wires at the top of our mountain track as I approached Casa Collado on the way home) a couple of Marsh Harriers were present throughout my stay; what appeared to be a female and juvenile bird.
|A Broad Scarlet Crocothemis erythraea I believe, as seen from the hide|
Arriving at Fuente de Piedra I went straight to the back to check out the waders but not before noticing, from end to end, the thousands of Flamingos present on the water. Many, with young birds, were very close to the Visitors' centre giving good views despite the strong breeze.
|Who let junior join the adult Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus party?|
I feel almost embarrassed to mention the single Redshank and Common Sandpiper but, there again, who would not want to mention the lone Wood Sandpiper present at the water's edge. Too much excitement for one afternoon so time to go home before I began to think I was suffering from sunstroke!
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Red-ctrested Pochard, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Sanderling, Little Stint, Curlew sandpiper, Dunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Collared Dove, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Blue-headed Wagtail, Blackbird, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow.
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