Thursday 13 June 2013

Guadalhorce, Malaga with John and Jenny

John and Jenny Wainwright managed to spend an interesting morning down at the Guadalhorce, Malaga on Tuesday and, in addition to the selection of birds, managed to record a number of "creepy-crawlies" as per the following description and photographs.

11th June 2013

A very hot day but mercifully a nice breeze and after dropping our friends off at the airport we headed for the reserve.  Only one car here today so plenty of room to park.

Little Bittern  Isobrychus minutus (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
On the track our first sighting was a Moorhen followed by Zitting Cisticola, Barn Swallows, House Martin and House Sparrow. We headed for the "Sea Watch" area and en route stopped at Laguna de la Casilla; here we saw two Little Bitterns, Common Swift, Mallards, White-headed Duck, Reed and Sardinian Warblers, Common Coot, Black-winged Stilts, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Yellow-legged Gull, Bee-eaters, Crested Lark and Monk Parakeets.

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
At the Rio Viejo we found Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers, Little Egrets - over a dozen of them, all being hassled at some time or other by the Black-winged Stilts as their chicks were feeding in the shallows, a Turtle Dove, Jackdaw, Cattle Egret and the lame Spoonbill.

Juvenile Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)

As we headed towards the Sea-Watch we saw Avocets, Black-headed Gulls, Sardinian Warbler, Collared Dove.  A Short-toed Lark was put up as a Common Kestrel swooped low over its resting place.

Short-toed Lark  Calandrella brachydactyla  (PHOTO: John Wainwright)

The sea-watch area was deserted not even a gull was seen there, so we back tracked round to the Escondida hide.

Egyptian Grasshopper Anacridium aegyptium (PHOTO: John Wainwright)

Here again very little to speak of although we did get good views of a Ladybird Spider (Eresus cinnebarinus), Egyptian Grasshopper (Anacridium aegyptium) and a Moorish Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica).

Grasshopper Acrida ungarica (PHOTO: John Wainwright)

At the entrance to the Laguna Grande hide we saw the very handsome Acrida ungarica (grasshopper with blade antenna) and from the hide Little Ringed Plovers, two Gull-billed Terns, Wood Pigeon, Redshank and a Yellow Wagtail (Iberiae).

Ladybird Spider Eresus cinnebarinus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)

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