Saturday, 18 October 2014

Laguna Dulce

17 October 2014

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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