Rather longer than expected undertaking some maintenance in Velez de Benaudalla so just a bare sixty minutes at the Charca de Suarez reserve on the western outskirts of Motril as we made our way back to Casa Collado. As we entered "Turtle Dove Alley" (all the Turtle Doves seem now to have departed for more southern climes) we were greeted by a single Moorhen in the drain and a watchful Kestrel. Driving down the concrete alley there were lots of House Sparrows feeding on and near the road along with a small number of Serin.
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta|
|The solitary female Pintail Anade Rabudo Anas acuta on the Lagunade las Aneas|
Whilst the walk to the neighbouring Laguna del Trebol produced nothing new, just a single Little Egret and Little Grebe, a handful of Moorhens and a dozen Coots, I did get out of the hide in time to see the female Marsh Harrier drift over the waters and away to the east. Just a shame that the Pintail, as mentioned above, was not found until my return to the main hide by which time it was almost time to depart before closing and only limited light available. On the other hand, whilst Mano prepared to lock up I did manage a quick thirty second visit to the Laguna del Lirio and there was my first Purple Swamphen casually wandering along the back of the water in the shade of the reeds.
|Record shot of distant Purple Swamphen Calamon Comun Porphyrio porphyria|
Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Grebe, Heron, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Collared Dove, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin.
Footnote: Given the time of day, perhaps not the best time to experiment with the Canon IS 70-300 f1.4 to 5.6 zoom lens.
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