Tuesday 27 September
A trip to that delightful spot on the Guadalhorce just above the airport near the hamlet of Zapata this morning with Steve and Elena Powell certainly turned up a most wonderful surprise. We had arranged to meet up with Mick Richardson at 10.30 when the other two chaps were after a photograph of some rare dragonfly that had been reported frequenting the ford. Me? I went along for the ride to try and get my right eye focusing again and in the hope of seeing more birds than I saw yesterday.
In the event we all arrived earlier than expected with Mick less than five minutes ahead of us. He was just parking up to get best advantage of the dragonfly should it appear so I must have missed the sight of the day (forget that, call it year or even since coming to Spain) by no more then two or three minutes. There, right in front of Mick, a Grasshopper Warbler wandering around the edge of the ford barely five metres away and if the car that crossed the ford towards us had been a couple of minutes later then we, too, might have seen this mega bird for Andalucia.
|A rather lovely Pied flycatcher Papamoscas Cerrojillo Ficedula hypoleuca|
|Distant Kingfisher Martin Pescador Alcedo atthis|
|One of the newly-arrived Greenshank Archebe Claro Tringa nebularia|
Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Osprey, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Crested Lark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Grey Wagtail, Blackbird, Grasshopper Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, House Sparrow, Common Waxbill, Serin, Goldfinch, Linnet.
|Another departing individual, this time the Pied Flycatcher|
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