Just like old times! Everybody back from their holidays so able to spend ninety minutes down at the Rio Velez in Torre del Mar with Steve and Elena Powell. Driving down from the mountain I had first a small party of Serins then a male Kestrel on the wires; even a couple of Red-rumped Swallows as I approached the lake. Lovely sunny weather with just the odd cloud as we set out but by mid-morning the skies were beginning to darken so we made our way back to our parked cars, in the usual place on the track near the bridge. No sooner had we got into our respective cars than the heavens opened and that was it for the rest of the day so, having dropped in to help the Spanish exchequer with a load of fuel of the car, it was up to Frigiliana to chew the proverbial cud.
|Who goes there? Compare the larger Squacco Heron Garcilla Cangrejera Ardeola ralloides (at rear) to the Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus in the foreground|
|Time for this Squacco Heron Garcilla Cangrejera Ardeola ralloides to male a hasty retreat|
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta|
|(Greater) Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Grande Charadrius hiaticula (above) and Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius (below)|
|The Serin Verdecillo Serinus serinus family with Male (above) and female (below)|
At lest twice the local Hoopoes flew parallel to the rive along the bank in front of us and , looking ahead on the return walk, we even had an adult Robin on the path. Just a case of adding on the numerous Blackbirds and Spotless Starlings and the morning was just about complete and finished of with more views of the Little Egret, Squacco Herons and Little Bittern.
|Little Bittern Avetorillo Comun Ixobrychus lentiginosus|
Mallard, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Common Swift, Hoopoe, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, White Wagtail, Robin, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Orphean Warbler, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch.
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