|Little Egret Egretta garzetta|
Wonderful morning out with the Axarquia Bird Group at the Paraje Natural de Desembocadura del Guadalhorce reserve in Malaga with a total of sixteen present including Danish and Scottish visitors as well as long-time friends. As ever, I am grateful to John wainwright also sending in a report on the visit so I have been able to add any missing birds to the following report. In the end, great company with a finally tally of over fifty species and, on returning home, found that Jenny had slept through much of the morning as she recovers from her broken wrist and had then been visited by friends so not on here own. Even better, she was well enough for us to attend the local Torre del Mar cinema and enjoy a performance of Verdi's "Aida" from La Scala, Milan. What a wonderful way to end the day!
The morning started surprisingly cool with much cloud instead of the promised full sun but it certainly made for better birding as, when the cloud finally cleared, it became very warm indeed. Welcomed by a good number of Blackbirds and a foraging Sardinian Warbler along with a pair of White Wagtails on the road and both Cetti's Warblers and a Mistle Thrush as we awaited the remainder of the the group. A rapidly departing Green Sandpiper was seen overhead along with the usual screeching of the marauding Monk Parakeets which kept us awake as we made our way to the entrance footbridge. A pair of Grey Wagtails disappeared down stream and there was no shortage of either Black Redstarts or Zitting Cisticolas about and these were to be found all over the reserve.
|Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros (PHOTO: Steve Powell)|
|All in a frazzle Little Egret Egretta garzetta|
|Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis (PHOTO: Jenny Wright)|
|Juvenile Bluethroat Luscinia svecica (PHOTO: Steve Powell)|
|Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos|
|And then the Osprey Pandion haliaetus suddenly appeared overhead|
|A pair of Shovelers Anas clypeata (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Resting Osprey Pandion haliaetus (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Gannet, Cormorant, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Heron, Osprey, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Snipe, Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Hoopoe, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Great Tit, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting.
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