A calm and cloudy morning, good for birding but perfect for photography. I had the pleasure of accompanying Finish bird photographer Sari Hassinen around the Gualdalhorce, Malaga for four very enjoyable hours this morning and, much to Sari's delight, not only did we record over forty species but had great views of White-headed Ducks and a Kingfisher that seemed glued to its perch on the island immediately in front of the hide overlooking the Wader Pool. All this and Booted Eagle, Marsh Harrier and six wader species.
|The skulking Snipe Agachadiza Comun Gallinago gallinago|
|Always a Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta to make you feel welcome|
The Wader Pool turned up the first of the waders with a single Redshank and a trio of Greenshank. In front of us a trio of Little Ringed Plovers were busy feeding and we even found another Snipe. A couple of Herons flew over and Chiffchaff were bust feeding in the bushes and trees in good numbers. Both Robin and Stonechat came to visit and a male Kestrel flew over, round and eventually perched in the trees to the back.
|A trio of Little Ringed Plovers Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius discussing the weather|
|Juvenile Flamingo Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus freshly arrived and needing a good clean|
|Kingfisher Martin Pescador Alcedo atthis|
|Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus|
Record shots of a sleepy old Booted Eagle Aguilla Calzada Hieraaetus pennatus to the left whilst a wandering Marsh Harrier Aguilucho Lagunero Circaetus aeruginosus quarterred the rear of the laguna
There were still a number of Black Redstarts and Sardinian Warblers on the rocks between the track and river and then a pair of Blackcaps. Our last bird, and quite a surprise, was a beautiful singing Firecrest in the Eucalyptus trees back on the main road. So ended a lovely birding morning with a final tally of 45 species.
|Plenty of female White-headed Ducks Malvasia Cabeciblanca Oxyura leucocephala preparing for the breeding season|
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, Greenshank, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Kingfisher, Crag Martin, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Lovely to see so many flowers in full bloom including the Broom|
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