Warm and sunny again but slightly cooler then the week-end along with a very light breeze. Time to pay a visit to Fuente de Piedra, even though warned that most may be closed to the public and then take the farm track across to the back of Laguna Dulce. Despite the car park being closed at Fuente I was able to observe the flooded entry field and then walk around most of the site albeit very frustrating to find that all paths leading to the hides were closed off. But first a quick note to record the Raven that crossed the front of the car as I neared the to of the A45 leading towards Antequera.
|Greater Flamingo Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus with Avocet Avoceta Comun Recurvirostra avosetta|
|Avocet Avoceta Comun Recurvirostra avosetta|
Approaching the board walk from the rear more Flamingos and Avocets and the first of the feeding Gull-billed Terns. A single Blue-headed Wagtail put in an appearance and, as I was walked along the edge of the meadow towards the main mirador, both Reed Warblers and Nightingales were calling. Once at the mirador the resident Jackdaws put in an appearance and out on the main salina a selection of birds. Just a few Black-headed Gulls but hundreds of Flamingos to my left and the opposite side a score or more resting Gull-billed Terns and a single Marsh Harrier. Checking once again the Flamingos to my left I was delighted to find a single Lesser Flamingo showing well.
|Distant record shot of Lesser Flamenco Flamenco Enano Phoeniconaias minor (far right0|
|Iberian Yellow Wagtail Lavandera Boyera Iberica Motacilla flava iberiae|
|Glossy Ibis Morito Comun Plegadis falcinellus in the shade of the trees|
To my left another couple of Glossy Ibis and a little further away a resting small mixed flock of Common and Red-crested Pochards. A pair of Mallard paddled away and out on the main water more Common Pochard a pair of male White-headed Ducks. No end of Little Grebes, they must have had a fabulous breeding season, along with a quartet of Great Crested Grebes. Much searching in the distant water also produces a small number of Black-necked Grebes. Still plenty of Coots and a small number of Moorhen as the Gull-billed Terns fed over the water and then the finding of a couple of Whiskered Terns to add to the morning's list. Both Blackbird and Hoopoe were found below me to my left and then more Reed Warblers and both Goldfinch and Serin. Perhaps my final bird was not the couple of Lapwing but a very noisy Cetti's Warbler.
|Glossy Ibis Morito Comun Plegadis falcinellus|
|Red-crested Pochard pato Colorado Netta rufina|
Mallard, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Great Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Heron, Glossy Ibis, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Lapwing, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Little Owl, Hoopoe, Calandra Lark, Crested Lark, Wood Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Blue-headed Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Nightingale, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Jackdaw, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting.
|Greater Flamingo Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus|
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