Just received a report form John and Jenny Wainwright re the Axarquia Bird Group's visit to the Charca de Suarez yesterday along with some photographs taken by both. Interestingly, upon leaving the Charca John and Jenny travelled back to Salar via Padul so were also able to bring me up to speed on what was seen there. In addition, Gerry Collins also forwarded a couple of shots take at the Charca so all have been combined below to let the rest of the Group and others know what they may have missed.
|It looks as if John Wainwright was the only one to get a decent shot of the male Red Avadavat Benali Rojo Amandava amandava|
|A swimming Purple Swamphen Calamon Comun Porphyrio porphyrio on Laguna del Trebol (PHOTO: Gerry Collins)|
|Red-knobbed Coot Focha Moruna Fulca cristata (PHOTO: Gerry Collins)|
John's continuing report:
|Red-knobbed Coot Fulca cristata (centre) (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Juvenile Purple Heron Garza Imperial Ardea purpurea on Laguna de las Aneas (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|A not-so-shy Kingfisher Martin Pescador Alcedo atthis (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
As we pulled up at the hide a female Marsh Harrier was seen quartering the reed bed, then perching in one of the many bare trees here. Only two female Shovelers and three Cormorants were seen here along with a Speckled Wood and "Cabbage White" butterflies.
|Whinchat Tarabilla Nortena Saxicol arubetra (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
Greenfinches, Serins, House and Spanish Sparrows, five Northern Wheatears, Common Kestrel, four Yellow Wagtails
and in one of the many small streams here a female Teal and a Moorhen.
A nice end to a good days birding.
If we add John's late sighting it would appear tat the total species for the Charca de Suarez increased to 43 plus a further 7 species at Padul.
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