With my son on an early morning flight back to the UK an ideal opportunity to take a look at what might be about down a the Guadalhorce in Malaga. parked up and on sight before 9.30 and a couple of very pleasant hours or more before I was joined by a noisy, restless class of seven year olds; then another class followed by another class! Fortunately, the classes caught me up as I was returning from the Sea Watch and they then took the beach so it was at the Laguna Grande that all hell was let loose. Thank goodness I had arrived first and got at least fifteen minutes to assess the site before the climbing and pushing started.
Welcomed by a couple of Collared Doves the first birds seen moving along the track was a Sardinian Warbler and crossing the footbridge I had the usual Rock Doves whilst House Martins and Barn Swallows fed over the water below. A pair of Moorhens paddled out from the far bank and then it was on the first hide overlooking the Laguna Casillas with a rather lovely Zitting Cisticola watching my approach. Not a bust water today with just a pair of both Mallard and Little Grebes, double the number of White-headed Ducks and about up to eight Common Pochards.
|Sleepy male White-headed Duck Malvasia Cabeciblanca Oxyura leucocephala|
|The lonely Gadwall Anade Friso Anas strepera|
Moving on down to the Sea Watch I had a couple of Greenfinches followed by the first Serin of the morning but the sea was basically calm and empty with just a handful of Yellow-legged Gulls. Returning to the Ro Viejo I had a good sighting of a male Woodchat Shrike and on reaching the old river discovered that the Oystercatcher was still asleep but had been joined by a single Collared Patincole. I also added Grey Plover, Sanderling and a couple of Crested Larks that were foraging on the shoreline.
A few Common Swifts flew overhead and Laguna Casillas produced a Common Sandpiper and a tree full of Bee-eaters before making my way round to the Laguna Escondida. Again, relatively few birds on this water but the Gadwall had arrived to join a small number of White-headed Ducks and the odd Little Grebe, Moorhen and Coot.
|Three sleeping Greater Flamingo Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus with not just a Black-headed Gull Gaviota Reidora Larus ridibundus in the background but a also two of the five Slender-billed Gulls Gaviota Picofina Larus gebei|
|Our friendly Avocet Avoceta Recurvirostr avosetta and, at the same time, wondering where that monster egg came from|
|How many Little Egrets Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta and what else can you find?|
Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Collared Pratincole, Grey Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull,Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Swift, Bee-eater,Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.