|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta|
Walking down with even fewer gaps in the bamboo hedgerow, I had another Little Egret and a Heron take of down stream whilst a White Wagtail headed in the opposite direction. Just the one wader as a Green Sandpiper beat a hasty retreat down stream. Not long before my first and only Moorhen of the morning (how strange is that?) before the Spotless Starlings put in an appearance.
On this occasion I carried on straight to the beach where I found a number of Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls plus a small number of Mediterranean Gulls on the lagoon. Four Common Coots were seen but no sign of the introduced Red-knobbed Coot seen a week or so ago. Walking back I had lovely views of both Willow Warbler and Zitting Cisticola. Before reaching the car I had both a male Blackbird and a couple of Common Kestrels and then I drove back down to the hide and then settled in with the scope to see what else might be about.
|Zitting Cisticola Buitron Cisticola juncidis|
Meanwhile, there were fewer than a dozen hirundines to be seen feeding over what remained of the river but these birds did include all three of the common species; Barn and Red-rumped Swallow along with a singe House Martin. All too soon it was time to pack up and collect Jenny from Velez Malaga but I had see 27 species, a better ratio than my Tarifa visit!
|The Marsh Harrier Aguilucho Lagunero Circus aeruginosus is seen once again at the Rio Velez|
Little Egret, Heron, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, White Wagtail, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Willow Warbler, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Common Waxbill, Serin, Greeninch, Linnet, Cirl Bunting.
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