|Cormorant Phalancrocorax carbo|
A beautiful calm, clear, warm and sunny day so I took myself off to the Charca de Suarez reserve in Motril mid-afternoon; time to collect post from Velez de Benaudalla and see what might be about in Turtle Dove Alley. What an evening; a visit that produces the 255th species of the year along with many other surprises. Great, which just goes to show that I am not going to be beaten by the missing eye - even if it is very difficult to pick out our smaller birds.
A few Cattle Egrets on the recently ploughed fields as I approached the turn into Turtle Dove Alley and then immediately greeted by the first of a few Crested Larks. Knowing that Red Avadavats like these long grasses at the side of the road I crawled along slowly and then stopped to check out individuals on the roadside and, sure enough, a true pair of Red Avadavats feeding on the grass seeds. A little further on and a couple of Greenfinches feeding alongside House Sparrows.
|Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago|
|Female Pintail Anas acuta|
|The distant solo White Stork Ciconia ciconia|
|Distant juvenile Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax in the falling light|
On the island immediately in front of the hide almost "no room at the inn" with resting Mallards, Pochards, Shovelers, Cormorants and Cattle Egrets. Closer inspection also revealed a Grey Heron and a juvenile Spoonbill.
|Juvenile Spoonbill Platalea leucordia|
|Un-fettered Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristala|
Time to had off home and both Stonechat and Spotless Starlings on the wires as I departed. All in all, a very good couple of hours. REMEMBER. Opening hours change next week on 1 November and evening openings until the end of January will be fro 4 to 6pm.
|Female Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata|
Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Marbled Duck, Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, White Stork, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Crested Lark, White Wagtail, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Red Avadavat, Greenfinch.
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