|Pochard Porron Europeo Aythya ferina
Needed to be at the airport for 3 pm to collect brother-in-law so left early so that I could spend a few hours at the Guadalhorce in Malaga. Greeted by Collared Doves when I arrived at 10.30 and then a trio of Mallards flew over the western arm followed by the first of a number of Cormorants that are still at the site. Naturally, there were Spotless Starlings to be seen and a sole Woodchat Shrike as I made my way to the Laguna Escondida to check out the small water. On the whole very quiet with just a handful of White-headed Ducks, a couple of Shovelers hiding at the far end and a few Barn Swallows feeding over the water. But a Hoopoe did fly past to give a little variety.
|Booted Eagle Aguila Calzada Hieraaetus pennalus
|White-headed Duck Malvasia Cabeciblanca Oxyura leucopephala pair
|Spoonbill Espatula Comun Platalea leucorodia with Grey Herons Garza Real Ardea cinerea
|Black-winged Stilts Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus
|Purple Heron Garza Imperial Ardea purpurea
A couple of Crested Larks were seen to the left and, apart from all the Black-winged Stilts, there was also another Avocet (the third), a pair of Redshank and a single Ruff to be seen on the Rio Viejo. Behind these birds we also found two pairs of Teal.
At the Sea Watch we picked up a good-sized mixed flock of Gulls, mainly Yellow-legged but also a number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. To the right a small group of Mediterranean Gulls were also identified with a couple if full black headgear. There must have been at least thirty Common Scoters split into two distinct rafts and then a very hungry/greedy Great Skua arrived and put the whole flock into the sky whilst it selected its victim and harried it all around the bay in front of us until it gave up whatever ii had caught for lunch. From the Sea Watch we also saw the Blue Rock Thrush that Claus had discovered last week, and on the same post near the river. It certainly sounds like a lost soul to me!
A very timid male Blackcap Curruca Capirotada Sylvia atricapilla
|Black-necked Grebes Zampullin Cuellinegro Podiceps nigricollis
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Common Scoter, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Spoonbill, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Ruff, Redshank, Great Skua, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Wheatear, Blue Rock Thrush, Zitting Cisticola, Blackcap, Woodchat Shrike, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Linnet.
A record shot of the newly-arrived Northern Wheatear Collalba Gris Oenanthe oenanthe
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