At last, decent weather and able to spend the morning at the Charca de Suarez along with Derek, his brother Terry and Barbara Etherton. Lovely to see the Bluethroats and even a very brief exposure by a Water Rail on the Laguna del Alamo Blanco and a final tally well in excess of 40 species.
|Very young Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis|
snapping. A Kingfisher flashed across the top of the reeds and Blackcap was heard before we moved on to the Laguna del Alamo Blanco.
|Bluethroat Ruisenor Pechiazul Luscinia svecica|
Once ensconced in the now full hide, all the other occupants seemed to be resident photographers, we quickly added the solitary White stork and more Mallard. At least nine Snipe present and along with the visiting Spoonbill and a small party of Teal. Two Purple Swamphen and then a Common Waxbill flipped across in front of the hide. Barbara managed to record a White Wagtail. Patience is always a virtue and on this visit it was a Water Rail rather than a Spotted Crake that put in a very brief appearance before disappearing once more into the vegetation.
|Water Rail Rascon Europeo Rallus aquaticus|
|Record shot of Squacco Heron Garcilla cangrejera Ardeola ralloides|
|Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea|
Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Heron, Spoonbill, White Stork, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Water Rail, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Barn Swallow, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Bluethroat, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Common Waxbill, Serin, Golfinch
|Some type of Cricket|
|Common Snipe Agachadiza Comun Gallinago gallinago|
|Mr & Mrs Mallard Anade Azulon Anas platyrhynchos|
|Pintail Anade Rabudo Anas acuta|
|Teal Cerceta Comun Anas crecca|
|Purple Swamphen calamon Comun Porphyrio porphyrio|
|Moorhen Gallineta Comun Porphyrio chloropus|
|Red-knobbed Coot Focha Moruna Fulica cristata|
|The long-staying Spoonbill Espatula Comun Platalea leucorodia (from Holland?)|
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