|Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus|
What a lovely start to the day with clear blue skies, no wind and getting warmer by the hour. Just right for a visit the Guadlhorce in Malaga with an expected early finish so that I could drive over to Benalmadena and see if the visiting Ruddy Shelduck was still about. In the event, no need to bother as, reaching the main hide overlooking the Lagunda Grande, what should I find but said Ruddy Shelduck.
|A gathering of Common Pochard Porron Europeo Aythya ferina on the Laguna Casillas|
|Arrival of the Booted Eagle Aguililla Calzada Hieraeatus pennatus and no wonder the White-headed Ducks Malvasia Cabeciblanca Oxyura leucocephala have stiff tails!|
|Spoonbill Espatula Comun Platalea leucorodia|
The walk to the Sea View Hide and the old river iself were disappointlingly quiet with just the odd Black-winged Stilt on the latter. Collared Doves and Spotless Starlings were recorded along with a few Goldfinches and Serins. The return journey to the previous hides also found a Black-headed Gull and a Hoopoe.
|Arrival of the Black-necked Grebes Zampullin Cuellinegro Podiceps nigricollis|
|Distant shot of the Ruddy Shelduck Tarro Canelo Tadorna ferruginea|
To my right I found not just resting Collared Doves and Spotless Starlings amongst the main flock of Cormorant but also a pair of Booted Eagles. My final bird of the day was a female Black Redstart dropping in to drink from a puddle on the main track and then joined by a male of the same species.
|One of the pair of Booted Eagles Aguililla Calzada Hieraeatus pennatus|
Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, White-headed Gull, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Spoonbill, Marsh Harrier, Booted Eagle, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Kentish Plover, Greenshank, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Hoopoe, House Martin, Water Pipit, Robin, Black Redstart, Blackbird, Ceti's Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, Serin, Goldfinch.
|Shoveler Cuchara Comun Anas clypeata|
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