Today it was take a quick, close look at the lagoon behind my hostal at El Rocio and then head off for the very long drive down the track through the National Park itself to visit the Juan Valverdes Visitors Centre. The local waters still held all of yesterday's Flamingos and Black-tailed Godwits but I could also see the numerous Black-winged Stilts and Avocets along with feeding Barn Swallows and House Martins. The resident House Sparrows, Collared Doves and Spotless Starlings were all up and about but I did have my first Wood Pigeon as I made my way back to the car from the SEO Cente.
|Bee-eater Abejaruco Europeo Merops apiaster|
|Green Sandpidper Tringa ochropus|
All the Lesser Kestrels were away from their traditional nesting site whilst the local birders completed their studies of the nest and, presumably, ringed the youngsters. Even the Common Kestrels seemed to keep their distance. The, approaching the end of the track and once again near the water, I could see the Spoonbills, a number of Glossy Ibis and, of course, more Little Egrets. On the other hand, it was whilst taking a short detour down the "no exit" track to the right that I came across my only Northern Wheaters of the day.
|Magpie Urraca Pica pica|
|Purple Heron Garza Imperial Ardea purpurea|
|A lone Squacco Heron Garcilla Cangrejera Ardeola ralloides in the Egret colony|
Mallard, Pochard, Marbled Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, White Stork, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Red Kite, Black Kite, Montagu's Harrier, Booted Eagle, Buzzard, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Collared Pratincole, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Swift, Pallid Swift, Bee-eater, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Northern Wheatear, Zitting Cisticola, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Magpie, Jackdaw, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Linnet, Corn Bunting.
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