After the rains and storms earlier in the week it was lovely to see the return of sun, clear skies and warm sunny weather. Wonderful to see such a magnificent turn out of 21 members of the Axarquia Bird Group for this month's private visit to the Charca de Suarez reserve on the western outskirts with some travelling from west of Malaga as well as well inland in Granada province. And we were not to be disappointed with the end result. Indeed, leaving the reserve with a minimum total of 33 species recorded some of us travelled back via "Turtle Dove Alley" on the other side of the reserve's fence and, stopping to see a very close Red Avadavat take off form the fence, remained to record a further 10 species. Add on the White Wagtail when we arrived "round the corner" for our Menu del Dia and the Red-rumped Swallow above as we left the venta we finally finished with a total of 52 species for the morning. Out special thanks to Motril Town Council and it's representatives for permitting our visit.
Approaching the reserve in from Turtle Dove Alley, Bryan Stapley and I had a surprise to see an unexpected Wood Pigeon cross the main road and then a quartet of Red-legged Partridges take off from the alley soon after our entry. A few Red Avadavats, Goldfinches and Serins about as well as an early Blackbird before arriving at the reserve.
|Teal, Anas crecca|
|One of many Purple Swamphens Porphyrio porphyrio|
|"My" Kingfisher Alcedo atthis at the main hide|
|A watchful Grey Heron Ardea cinerea|
|The very busy Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus opposite the hide on the main pool|
The stop in Turtle Dove Alley following the site of the Red Avadavat quickly produced a male Black Redstart and a pair of Cattle Egrets flying overhead in the distance. No shortage of Whinchats on the fields either side of he road along with a Northern Wheatear, female Common Redstart, Crested Lark, Greenfinches, Goldfinches and Serins along with the occasional House Martin to add to the overhead Barn Swallows. Whilst the Kestrel rested on the electricity post a female Marsh Harrier drifted overhead.
With both David Jefferson and Gerry Collins active with their respective cameras, perhaps some of their photographs may best illustrate the wonderful birds seen this morning. All are acknowledged apart from mine. Thank you all for attending and I trust that you enjoyed the morning as much as I.
|Two of the trio of Greater Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus|
Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Pochard, Red-legged Partridge, Little Grebe, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Booted Harrier, Kestrel, Water rail, Moorjen, Purple Swamphen, Common Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Crested Lark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Yellow wagtail, White wagtail, Black Redstart, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Red Avadavat, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago|
|Marsh Harrier (PHOTO: David Jefferson)|
|Kingfisher (PHOTO: David Jefferson)|
|Kingfisher (PHOTO: David Jefferson)|
|Flamingo (PHOTO: David Jefferson)|
|Little Egret (PHOTO: David Jefferson)|
|Snipe (PHOTO: David Jefferson)|
|Water Rail (PHOTO: David Jefferson)|
|Kingfisher (PHOTO: Gerry Collins)|
|Water Rail (PHOTO: Gerry Collins)|
|Now that's a hair cut on this Grey Heron Ardea cinerea|
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