Day 3: Castro Marin and the Portuguese Salinas of Taverna
|Lots of Bee-eaters Abejanuco Europeo Merops apiaster seen at close quarters|
|Ocellated Lizard Timon lepidus|
|Lovely to see so many Spoonbill Espatula Comun Platalea leucorodia|
A walk, having collected the key, to the enclosed fresh water pool produced Serin and Goldfinch and on the water Coot, Mallard, Shoveler and Gadwall along with a few Shelduck. A Little Grebe was happy to regularly dive for its food and even a pair of Red-legged Partridges came down to the waterside to see what was going on and revealed a Common Sandpiper. Red-rumped Swallows were above us as we made our way back and then took a look at the far salinas which revealed a small number of Flamingos and two pairs of Avocet. Once we had recorded the Little Ringed Plover we made our way down to the extensive salinas along the coast to the east of Tavira.
These extensive salinas were awash with waders and water birds. Not just the expected Grey Herons and Little Egrets but masses of Dunlin and Redshank along with Grey Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling and Turnstone. Great fun watching the Turnstones doing as their name implied as they turned quite large stones over in the shallow water. As expected, we also found both Little Ringed and Kentish Plover. On the banks we found a number of Iberian Yellow Wagtail along with the occasional Blackbird.
|Bar-tailed Godwit Aguja Colipinta Limosa lapponica|
|Curlew Zarapito Real Numenius arqueta|
|Northern Wheatear Collalba Gris Oenanthe oenanthe|
Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Red-legged Partridge, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, White Stork, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Curlew, Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Turnstone, Yellow-legged Gull, Sandwich Tern, Collared Dove, Common Swift, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Iberian Yellow Wagtail, Stonechat, Northern Wheatear, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Azure-winged Magpie, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting.
|More of the Bee-eaters Abejanuco Europeo Merops apiaster|
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