Overslept; so much for arriving at the Charca de Suarez well before the 9 o'clock opening time! In the end I arrived at 10 and left just after 11.30. Whilst it was very quiet, I did manage to get a couple of special treats, especially on my final visit to the new hide overlooking the Laguna del Alamo Banco. I actually started at this laguna having been greeted by a number of calling Turtle Doves and immediately found a lone Snipe feeding at the rear of the shallow water. A Collared Dove was calling behind me and both Barn Swallows and House Martins were feeding over the water. At that moment a quartet of Red Avadavats skimmed over the reeds and down out of sight.
|Turtle Dove Tortola Europea Streptopelia turtur|
|Little Grebe Zampullin Cumun Tachybaptus ruficollis|
|Spotted Flycatcher Papamoscas Gris Muscicapa striata|
|Close quarters with the delightful Common Waxbill Pico de Coral Estrida astrid|
|Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus hinmantopus|
Mallard, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Common Swift, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Nightingale, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Common Waxbill, Red Avadavat, Goldfinch.
|Red-knobbed Coot Focha Moruna Fulca cristata|
|Female Mallard Anade Azulon Anas platyrhynchos|
|Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius|
|Too hot for the local Terrapins Mauremys leprosa|
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