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)
|Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
|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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