|Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea|
The first visit by the Andalucia Bird Society to this lovely enclosed site at Charca de Suarez just west of Motril in Granada province. Greeted by light rain, sufficient to have most entering in either raincoats and/or with umbrellas, the weather soon cleared up to leave a cloudy and ever-increasing humid morning. Shame we were still carrying the now unnecessary rain gear! Given the fact that this was a very early start and a distance away from most of the regular field visit participants, it was lovely to see 17 members join me for the morning including some from west of Malaga and Barry and Jan Avis who had travelled all the way west from Murcia province. Again, a special delight to see Dianne Cockayne with us after her recent bereavement and looking so positive, determined and (relatively) happy given her recent experience. Look forward to seeing Dianne again when she returns from her Sheffield home back in the UK.
|Distant Turtle Dove Tortola Europea Steptopelia turtur|
|White Stork Ciguena Blanca Ciconia ciconia with accompanying Mallards Anade Azulon Anas platyrhynchos|
On arriving at the hide a I had a very brief sight of what looked like a diminutive Moorhen until I realised I was looking at a crake, possibly a Little Crake. Less than five seconds in view then gone before anyone else could be alerted. Who would believe me? But patience is always a virtue and eventually the bird not only wandered out from the reeds but decided to take a short walk through the water giving excellent views to all present. Photographs taken and with a better, longer sight the bird was confirmed as a Spotted Crake.
|Spotted Crake Polluela Pintoja Porzana porzana|
|Red-knobbed Coot Focha Moruna Fulica cristata|
|The gathering of Night Herons Martinete Comun Nycticorax nycticorax mainly juvenile|
|Kingfisher Martin Pescador Alcedo atthis|
|One of the two Chameleon Chamaeleo chamaeleon on site|
|Spotted Flycatcher Papamoscas Gris Muscicapa striata|
Time to return to our respective home after a very pleasant and interesting morning's birding in great company.
|Hoopoe Abubilla Upupa epops|
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta|
|Northern Shoveler Chuchara Comun Anas clypeata|
Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Teal, Little Grebe, Night Heron, Little Egret, Grey Heron, White Stork, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Spotted Crake, Water Rail, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Common Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Snipe, Audouin's Gull, Kingfisher, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Rock Dove, Turtle Dove, Collard Dove, Barn Swallow, White Wagtail, Northern Wheatear, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap. Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Red Avadavat, Serin
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