Another very wet start to the day albeit the rain has now ceased - for the moment. What better way to cheer yourself up then than read the report from John and Jenny Wainwright following their visit to Fuente de Piedra on Saturday and, yes, those lovely terns were still about. Much more of this rain and, hopefully, we shall once again has decent water levels on the main laguna and, maybe, even some water at the nearby Laguna Dulce; we can but hope.
Saturday 7 May: Laguna Fuente de Piedra
An overcast and misty day, with showery intervals.
As we drove into the reserve we could see Avocets, Greater Flamingos and Black-winged Stilts, with a few ducks and waders in the background. So after parking and setting up my scope we walked down and found a Redshank, lots of Curlew Sandpipers, Gadwalls, Mallard and three Jackdaws. While in the surrounding reeds and bushes we saw Nightingales, Zitting Cisticola, Corn Buntings, Goldfinches and a Hoopoe. Just then a White-winged Tern came into view then a Black Tern. We managed to get a few photos before a gas-gun report put everything to flight.
|White-winged Tern Childonias leucopterus (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
Moving across to the boardwalk area we saw more Curlew Sandpipers, Pochard, two Ringed Plovers and two Little Ringed Plovers, several Linnets and in the reed bed a Reed Warbler started singing and a Snipe took flight. It started spitting with rain so we hurried along to the open hide, we could hear the Great Reed Warbler before we even got to the hide and we settled down the bird was seen moving about in the reed bed to our immediate front, it then flew over to the reeds to our right giving us good views as it sang from the reed heads. Also about here were Little Grebe, Moorhens and Coots. Lots of terns passing over mostly Gulled-billed with a couple of Whiskered and three Black-headed Gulls.
|Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
The shower had stopped so we walked across to the Lagunetta hide where the first thing spotted were two Squacco Herons, perched in a small bed of reeds to the right of an island. We also logged Red-crested (at least forty of these birds here today) and Common Pochard, Shovelers, Mallard, a single White-headed Duck and some Gadwall. Black-winged Stilts were in good numbers and voice as they quarrelled amongst themselves, as were Avocets and Little Grebes, and on the foreshore a Common Sandpiper was located.
|Distant White-winged Tern Childonias leucopterus over Flamingos, Avocets and Coot (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
|Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)|
|Linnet Carduelis cannabina feeding young (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
As the weather was getting no better we moved across to the Cantarras mirador, where there is still no water, but we did see Sardinian Warbler, Crested Larks, a Common Kestrel, Raven, Buzzard and Red-legged Partridge and as we drove off heading for home a Bee-eater and a Black Kite appeared, as did the sun.
|Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
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