Very windy here this morning but clear apart from the clouds over the mountains and the sun trying to warm up the pace as I set out for the Guadalhorce in Malaga in the hope of better weather on the coast. Arriving at 9.15 I was greeted by clear blue skies, sunshine and only a gentle breeze, not even strong enough to ruffle the sea. On the other hand, by midday there was a more active breeze so glad that I was ensconced at the main hide overlooking the Laguna Grande.
Marauding Monk Parakeets about as I arrived (and as I left) accompanied by both Collared Doves and the resident House Sparrows so along the embankment track to the footbridge. A couple of Sardinian Warblers about and at least a dozen Black Redstarts whilst the occasional Cormorant either entered or departed the reserve. A lone Kestrel rested on the other bank in a tree top and the first Rock Doves made their way to their favourite roosting bridge.
|A "peek-a-boo" male Black Redstart ColirrojoTizon Phoenicurus ochruros|
|A well-concealed Purple Swamphen Calamon Porphyrio porphyrio with watching Coot Focha Comun Fulica atra|
|Stonechat Tarabilla Comun Saxicola torquatus ablutions - before and after|
|Robin Petirrojo Europeo Erithacus rubecula|
|Booted Eagle Aguilills Calzada Hieraaetus pennatus seen from above and below as well as at rest|
|Record shot of the Knot Correlimos Gordo Calidris canutus quartet at the back of the Laguna Grande|
Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Flamingo, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Grey Plover, Knot, Snipe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Crested Lark, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common Starling, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|A distant pair of Snipe Agachadiza Comun Gallinago gallinago on the Wader pool|
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