Back to the apartments we were once again able to visit the natural lake below the 17th green of th golf course. Water levels were only slightly down but lots of cover for the wintering and resident birds, including the free-breeding wild Muscovey Ducks which seemed to have had a great breeding season.
|Muscovey Duck Cairina moschata|
|Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio|
With the light dimming and the sky starting to take on a red glow, we looked behind us in time to see a lone hawking Black-shouldered Kite which proved very popular to all present. then it was on the artificial lake at the back which is used as a water supply where we found many duck, mainly Shoveler, Mallard and Gadwall but also both Common and Red-crested Pochard. However, the prize sighting was the quartet of resting Wigeon rather than the main flock of Muscovey Ducks.
|Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus looking for its last meal of the day|
A White Wagtail and Hoopoe visited the neighbouring green and Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove and Magpie were seen overhead. As was the visiting Marsh Harrier which was soon shown the door on three occasions by the flock of Black-tailed Godwits that spilled out of the lake into the air to haste its departure.
|Grey Heron Ardea cinerea as night approaches|
|Mixed ducks at sunset including Common Pochard Aythya ferina, Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina and Gadwall Anas strepera plus the Muscovey Ducks Cairina moschata|
|A closer look reveals the Wigeon Anas penelope (top centre)|
Muscovey Duck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Little Egret, Heron, Black-shouldered Kite, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Redshank, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, White Wagtail, Magpie
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