No sooner do I gt my posting u to date that John's report reached me. Too late for the day as I had been working on the above and it was well past my bed time so here I ma at just after 6 on the morning after getting all completed before setting out on my next venture via, once more, the SEO Bird Fair at the Dehesa de Abajo. Now to John's report:
Doñana Day Two 2nd April 2014
A much cooler day today due to a very nice breeze.
We started off quite early for the Valverde centre and that was the first mistake, the sun was in our eyes up to the point of gaining one of the access roads leading to the centre.
|Bee-eater (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Spanish Sparrow (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Having a dust bath were a few more Spanish Sparrows in company with two Short-toed Larks and a Calandra Lark, whilst two Zitting Cisticolas, “zitted” overhead. Also above we saw Barn and Red-rumped Swallows, House and Sand Martins and five Pin-tailed Sandgrouse flashed past.
Passing another rather dilapidated field of sunflowers, another two Stone Curlews flew away on our arrival.
The irrigation canals were either very full or had little or no water in, but we did find Blue-headed Yellow (iberiae) and Grey Wagtails, Black-winged Stilts, Grey Herons, as well as a female Marsh Harrier.
We stopped at one of the bridges to try to get pictures of the Great Reed Warblers and was told of a breeding pair of Marbled Teal in that area, which we subsequently picked up. Also around here we saw an Osprey, another Booted Eagle, a Common Kestrel and a Whinchat.
|Whinchat (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Purple Heron (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Night Heron (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Greenshank (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
I shan´t be sorry to get my boots off tonight after a very long day (but very enjoyable) birding session.
Looking forward to seeing John and jenny later this morning so that we can track down the Black-headed weavers at the far end of the Deheas de Abajo lake and the, for me, it looks my turn to follow the above journey.
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