|Cormorant Cormoran Grande Phalacrocorax carbo|
I approached the meeting point outside the reserve by driving down "Turtle Dove Alley" and had hardy entered the narrow road than I had a couple of male and a single female Red Avadavats on the concrete in front of me. With my camera still shut away on the back seat I only had time to get a last minute shot through the windscreen so, no picture will tell you the rest! However, once inside the reserve many actually saw the species in and out of the reeds on the new scrape.
|Record shot of Red Avadavats Bengali Rojo Amandava amandava through the windscreen|
As usual, upon entering and having been greeted by the warden, Manu we seemed to split up with many going straight to the new scrape, others in a clockwise direction to the first hide and even some taking the anti-clockwise circuit. Bryan and I had hardly time to reach the seat of the hide overlooking the Laguna del Taraje when a Little Bittern "hopped" across the gap in the opposite reeds -but not before we both had a good view. A few Coots and Moorhens about but then a single Ferruginous Duck appeared and disappeared in to the reeds to our right. Unfortunately, you cannot see the far end of this water which is now reasonably clear but looking through the new bamboo cane fence we were able to ascertain that at least a dozen Mallards were in residence. And there was certainly no shortage of calling Cetti's Warblers.
|Squacco Heron Garcilla Cangrejera Ardeola ralloides|
|Purple Swamphen Calamon Comun Porphyrio porphyrio|
|Record shot of the juvenile Purple Heron Garza Imperial Ardea purpurea|
On to the Laguna del Trebol where we duly found the Red-knobbed Coots. All the Coots seemed to be resting on the floating platform with a single Red-knobbed at each end. Scoping helped find a third adult, all waring white collars, and the single, unmarked juvenile Red-knobbed Coot. Another Purple Swamphen put in an appearance before we continued on our clockwise circuit. The track leading to this hide had produced a single Common Redstart for John and Jenny Wainwright and further on the fruited fig tree not only held Blackcaps seen by Eric and Pat Lyon plus others but also a pair of Garden Warblers. Meanwhile, others were seeing Spotted Flycatchers, Goldfinches and Great Tits. As far as I know, the only gulls recorded were the occasional Yellow-legged Gulls as they passed over the site. Similarly, every water produced at least two fly-pasts with the occasional rest of the lovely Kingfishers to be seen here.
|"Neck ringed" Red-knobbed Coot Focha Moruna Fulica cristata on extreme right with Coots Focha Comun Fulca atra|
|The only surviving Red-knobbed Coot from this year's chicks|
|A very shy Kingfisher Martin Pescador Alcedo atthis|
Mallard, Shoveler, Ferruginous Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Hoopoe, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Blue-headed Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Redstart, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher, Great Tit, Red Avadavat, Goldfinch.
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