|The promise of more to come on the Laguna de las Aneas|
Most of us on entry to the reserve headed straight to the Laguna del Alamo Blanco in the hope that the Jack Snipe might be seen; we were not to be blessed on this occasion. We had a couple of Common Snipe along with Little Egret, Teal and a a pair of female Shovelers. White Wagtails fiddled about at the back and a Stonechat and Kingfisher took it in turns to perch on a dead tree. Overhead, the Booted Eagle previously seen in Turtle Dove Alley passed overhead and was followed by a couple of Buzzards. However, for some of the group it was not so much the small flash of the Kingfisher as it crossed the water but, rather, the larger grey flash low across the water and finally into a tree at the back before disappearing for good of a Goshawk. Almost certainly the same bird that was seen crossing the main laguna less than a week ago. Does this mean that we have the potential of both a wintering Jack Snipe and Goshawk in or near the reserve?
|Female (above) and male (below) Shoveler Chuchara Comun Anas clypeata|
Leaving the hide we had a couple of Herons fly over and as we made our way to the main hide overlooking the Laguna de las Aneas we added Grey Wagtail, Robin, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola and Chiffchaff. Upon arrival we found that the juvenile Spoonbill and Flamingo were still present along with the single White Stork at the back of the water. Also still on site was the single female Pintail. For the rest no shortage of ducks which were mainly Mallards along with a number of Pochard and Shoveler plus a Shelduck. Whilst checking out the many ducks John Wainwright also managed to discover a couple of Wigeon. The odd Little Egret scattered about and on the island along with a number of Cattle Egrets, A few Cormorants present but still, I think, a little early in the season for the large numbers that will winter here. Coots and Moorhen on the main water plus a few Little Grebe and a single, collared, Red-knobbed Coot was found at the back neat the White Stork. Overhead a small flock of Black-headed Gulls to accompany the Yellow-legged Gulls. very few small birds other than the pair of White Wagtails and the occasional shout of a Cetti's Warbler. Then, just before moving on, a lone Purple Swamphen wandered out on the left bank to work the edges.
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta masking the juvenile Spoonbill Espatula Comun Platalea leucorodia|
|Red-knobbed Coot Focha Moruna Fulica cristala in the comming dusk|
Shelduck, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard. Pintail, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, White Stork, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Bonelli's Eagle, Booted Eagle, Buzzard, Goshawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Kingfisher, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Bluethroat, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Red Avadavat, Black-rumped Waxbill, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
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