|Distant male Red Avadavat Bengali Rojo Amandava amandava|
Jenny and I joined Steve and Elena Powell at the Frigiliana festivities on Saturday evening then stayed over for the night. This enable Jenny to drive back to her church service in Velez Malaga, Elena to bake a plum pie and Steve and I to arrive a little late for a morning's birding at the Charca de Suarez. Everybody happy and contented and even a great roast pork lunch cooked by Steve following our sighting of a round forty species at the Charca! No wonder we needed a genuine Spanish siesta before eventually heading back to the mountains.
|Turtle Dove Tortola Europea Streptopelia turtur in its named alley|
No sooner had we turned into "Turtle Dove Alley" than a Red Avadavat, the first of a few for the morning, crossed the road and settled in the tall grasses where we also recorded Serins. Within metres we had our first Turtle Dove of the morning and a little further down the track another pair which obligingly posed in the road-side tree. Then it was on to the reserve recording a small number of both House Sparrows and Spotless Starlings.
We were greeted onto the site by calling Cetti´s Warblers, a passing Collared Dove and another Turtle Dove and then it was on to the Laguna del Taraje where we encountered three other birders with large cameras. (Good to see birders taking advantage of this reserve but, on the whole, it was quiet and just about perfect for us all.) A number of Mallards and Coots along with the odd Moorhen and even a Purple Swamphen before the Little Grebes put in an appearance. Continuing on down the track and round the corner we approached the new, large Laguna del Alamo Blanco to see what waders might have been encouraged in as the autumn migration begins to get into full swing.
|The Glossy Ibis Morito Comun Plegadis falcinellus is still present at the Charca|
|Common Teal Cerceta Comun Anas crecca|
|The ever active Purple Swamphen Calamon Comun Porphyrio porphyrio|
|Spotted Flycatcher PapamoscasGris Muscicapa striata|
As we walked round to the Laguna del Trebol the first of many Spotted Flycatchers appeared on the scene. These delightful birds seem not to be shy of human company; rather they come across as "posers" always waiting to have their photograph taken!
|Red-knobbed Coot Focha Moruna Fulca cristala youngster born at the Charca with adult below|
In addition to more Mallards, Coots and Little Grebes we found another Teal at the back of the water and a single immature Lesser Black-backed Gull to the right. The introduced Red-knobbed Coots were exposed ad, indeed , we found an individual without a collar marking band. This bird looked quite mature so may have been one the three chicks raised for the first time in 2013. I wonder when we will be told of any breeding success for this year? Unbelievably, another Little Bittern had been sitting quite concealed under the bank immediately in front of the hide and we only became aware of its presence when it decided to move away. In addition to these three Red-knobs that kept together, there was a single Squacco Heron. This individual moved slightly further away from us upon arrival but then remained, in a far more exposed view, until we finally left.
|A variety of shots of the obliging Squacco Heron Garcilla Cangrejera Ardeola ralloides|
More Spotted Fycatchers as we walked on the Laguna del Lirio where we finally recorded a Goldfinch. Then, is this a record?, we had yet another Kingfisher fly up and down the water. This meant that we had seen numerous Kingfisher fly-pasts, not necessarily numerous individuals, at all four of the original lagunas.
|Kingfisher Martin Pescador Alcedo atthis seen many times at all four original pools|
Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Heron, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Barn swallow, House Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue-headed Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Red Avadavat, Serin, Goldfinch.
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