|Grey Heron Ardea cinerea|
After yesterday's visit to my eye specialist friend it would appear that the healing process following the cataract operation four weeks ago, despite some minor complications, is going well and the message is to go out and use the eye, get some practise, make the little orb do some work. So I did. Took off for the coast west of Malaga to try and find the two winter visitors that are presently, as seen in the past few days, with us but may not be next winter.
Late morning in blazing sunshine and not a cloud in the sky I was at the hide overlooking the beach/sea below the Fuengirola lighthouse. However, with a very stiff on-shore breeze the sea was rough and virtually no beach as a result of the accumulated rubbish following last month's storms and most of the feed rocks covered. Not a single wader in sight so did not find the elusive Purple Sandpiper; one twitch down. On the other hand, there was a mixed flock of Lesser Black-backed and Yellow-legged Gulls resting on the sea and to my left a pair of Audouin's Gull resting along with a single Cormorant on a larger rocky isle. Behind me a small number of Golfinches and Serins were feeding on grass seeds.
|Female Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros|
|The lovely female Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis|
|Nothing like a good scratch to make you feel better|
|Male Shoveler Anas clypeata|
|Distant Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus|
Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Long-tailed Duck, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Heron, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Sanderling, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Crag Martin, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinh, Goldfinch.
|Two of the Black-necked Grebes Podiceps nigricollis|
|A final shot of our Long-tailed Duck with her new friend, Mr Mallard Anas ynchosplatyrh|
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