|Resident Red-knobbed Coot Focha Moruna Fulica cristala|
A morning a the Charca de Suarez reserve on the western outskirts of Motril with my fellow ABS friend Linda Roberts but arriving in time for a quick stop in "Turtle Dove Alley" where, near the old ruin, we once again heard Quails calling having already recorded both Collared Dove and Barn Swallow as we entered the concrete road. Driving down we had very brief glimpses of Red Avadavats flying over plus a good number of Zitting Cisticola and a pair of Crested Larks.
|Turtle Dove Tortla Europea Streptophelia turtur|
Parking opposite the reserve I opted to take scope rather than camera which turned out to be the wrong decision. On the other hand, I was able to rectify the matter at the half-way point of the morning though missed out on the better opportunity to photograph the pair of Purple Herons that were showing very well on the main lake. As soon as we entered and walked towards the Laguna del Taraje to check out the Little Bittern status we had many calling Turtle Doves. No Little Bittern this morning but both Common Coot and Mallard. In addition, many House Martins and a small number of Barn Swallows feeding overhead and no shortage of singing Nightingales, Cetti's and Reed Warblers.
|Purple Heron Garza Imperial Ardea purpurea|
|Female Mallard Anada Azulon Anas platyrhynchos|
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta with Common Sandpiper behind|
So on to the Laguna del Trebol, picking up a Spotted Flycatcher and singing Blackcaps and Goldfinches on the way, where the majority of the Red-knobbed Coots were to be found with their cousins and a number without collar rings was a pleasant relief. No sooner had we sat down in the hide than a Little Bittern dashed out of the reeds immediately opposite and disappeared up the creek to our left. Quickly followed by good sightings of a pair of Squacco Herons and, all of a sudden, everything was happening. A lone White Wagtail proved that it could walk on water and a small flock of Common Swifts flew over towards the west.
|Spotted Flycatcher Papamoscas Gris Muscicapa striata|
|Squacco Heron Garcilla Cangrejera Ardeola ralloides|
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta|
Mallard, Pochard, Quail, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Spoonbill, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Little Bittern, Black-winged Stilt, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Common Swift, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Nightingale, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Great Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Red Avadavat, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Mrs Mallard Anada Azulon Anas platyrhynchos with one of her six ducklings|
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