I called in a the Laguna Dulce, Campillos on the way back from Ronda and what a disappointment it turned out to be. Nothing wrong with the weather just no birds so to speak of. Coot numbers were possibly up to about an hundred but less than a score of White-headed Ducks seen along with a handful of Mallards and a similar number of Gadwall hiding at the rear right-hand bay. Indeed, the prominent duck would appear to be Shoveler of which there was a score or more.
|Northern Shoveler Cuchara Comun Anas clypeata|
Yes, i eventually found a pair of Great Crested Grebes and a half-dozen Little Grebes to join the few Black-headed Grebes on the open water. Just the one adult Flamingo along with a quintet of juveniles.
|Greater Flamingo Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus|
Good job I saw a couple of Barn Swallows as I approached the water as there was nothing to be seen at the site itself. A few Yellow-legged Gulls among the mainly (small) number of Black-headed Gulls.
And to make matters even worse, the locking tab that holds the scope tight on the release plate chose this moment to break so leaving me with a virtually redundant scope! What a life we birders keep.
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