Up early and out of the house by 7 to enable me to arrive at the first causeway at Las Norias, surrounded by those very fashionable plastic greenhouse slums, by just after 8.30. My first impression was that there was very little about, mainly a few Coots, Great Crested Grebes and Red-crested Pochards. The odd Moorhen put in an appearance and I soon found a couple of foraging Reed Warblers at the water's edge. Having noted the pair of Little Grebes I then scoped
|Two young Little Grebes Zampullin Comun Tachybaptus ruficollis setting out on their first paddles of life|
along the reeds at the water's edge and was absolutely thrilled to see a Little Bittern appear to walk out of the water and stand posed on the red edge giving super views. Unfortunately when I eventually decide to retrieve the camera from the car the bird had advanced into the reed out of sight. No point looking up the water towards the top end as the sun was now up and very low making visibility almost impossible so off to the plastic factory and park up to check the rest of the water.
|Great Crested Grebe Somormujo Lavanco Podiceps cristatus|
|Red-crested Pochard Porron Colorado Netta rufina|
|Through the reeds shot of a Spoonbill Espatula Comun Platalea leucorodia accompanied by Squacco Heron Garcilla Cangrejera Ardeola ralloides and Red-crested Pochards Porron Colorado Netta rufina|
|Close up record shot of the Squacco Heron Garcilla Cangrejera Ardeola ralloides|
|Purple Swamphen Calamon Comun Porphyrio porphyrio|
|White-headed Duck Malvasia Cabeciblanca Oxytura leucocephala|
|Distant Collared Pratincole Canastera Comun Glareola pratincole and in flight oveerhead (belwo)|
|"Blue-headed" Yellow Wagtail Lavandera Boyera Motacilla flava iberiae and beow taking off rather than landing. Just like a helicopter with its nose facing down!|
|Avocet Avoceta Comun Recurvirostra avosetta|
Making my way back via Las Norias on the homeward journey, I picked up both a Magpie and a Stonechat on the wires before heading back through the greenhouse from Roquetas de Mar. It was also here that I saw my first and only Barn Swallow of the day. Nothing to add at Las Norias other than a single Cormorant which had arrived for its lunch-time rest.
Gadwall, Mallard, Red-crested Pochard, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Collared Pratincole, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Collared Dove, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Barn Swallow, Blue-headed Wagtail, Stonechat, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow.
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