|The Grebe Gathering at the Laguneta|
|Can you find and name the four species at the laguneta?|
|Lapwing Avefria Europea Vanellus vanellus|
Away to the left on a field adjacent to the main laguna, when viewed from the Visitors Centre, about 150 Crane formed a tight group and, on moving to the Mirador de Cantarranas, a further quartet were found in the company of a couple of Cattle Egrets and a Little Egret. Very little water here but sufficient to support a dozen duck, equally divided by Mallard and Shoveler. A Blackcap dashed into the Olive trees. Continuing around the main lauguna in an anti-clockwise direction I came across a few Crested Larks, White Wagtails and a small charm of Goldfinches.
Finally, approaching the level crossing, I took the unpaved road to the left to cut through the olive groves and arable land to the entrance to the Reserve just below the railway overbridge and came across a rather lovely Southern Grey Shrike and a single male Kestrel. The final birds were a pair of Collared Doves as I started back to the railway bridge to make may way home.
|Southern Grey Shrike Alcaudon Real Lanius meridionalis|
Mallard, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Flamingo, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Crane, Black-winged Stilt, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Collared Dove, White Wagtail, Stonechat, Blackcap, Southern Grey Shrike, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch.
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