A beautiful calm and sunny morning with next to no cloud as I set off for Torre del Mar to collect Bryan Stapley and so it remained as a total of eleven of us from the Axarquia Bird Group set off from the Gualdalmar church to the track up to the river and onwards over to the eastern arm of the Guadalhorce. Being so warm, most left their jumpers in the car but an hour later the mist cam down, blotted out the sun and it turned quite cool to say the least. Then, within thirty minutes or so, the sky had cleared and it became a very hot day. Even better, by the time we departed for a Menu del Dia in nearby San Julian we had eventually topped 50 species for the extended morning; a most enjoyable time in good company.
|A quintet of Glossy Ibis Morito Comun Plegadis falcinellus over Laguna Grande|
|Displaying male approaching female Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius|
|Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus|
|Record shot of Slender-billed Gull Gaviota Picofina Larus genel|
Moving towards the beach we found a single Flamingo and took a long look at the Rio Viejo where we found a pair of Dunlin along with Little Ringed, Ringed and Kentish Plovers. A Greenshank was fast asleep in the right-hand arm of the water and then a single Greendshank flew away towards the wader Pool. Very few gulls about but we did manage to identify both Black-headed and an immature Lesser Black-backed Gull.
|One of two Dunlins Correlimos Comun Calidris alpina amongst the Curlew Sandpipers|
|Sleepy Spoonbill Espatula Comun Platalea leucorodia ignoring the Black-winged Stilt|
|Bee-eaters Abejaruco Europeo Merops apiaster enjoying their desayuno|
|Kentish Plover Chorlitejo Patinegro Charadrius alexandrinus|
|Male White-headed Duck Malvasia Cabeciblanca Oxyura leucocephala|
|One of at least three Curlew Sandpipers Correlimos Zarapitin Calidris fgerruginea at the Laguna Grande|
|Moorhen Gallineta Comun Gallinula chloropus|
|Collared Dove Tortola Turca Streptopelia decaocto|
|Spotless Starlings Estornino Negro Sturnus unicolor in amongst the Bee-eaters|
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Bittern, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Collared Pratincole, Little ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Snipe, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Common Swift, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Blue-headed Wagtail, Nightingale, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch.
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