|Female Penduline Tit Pajaro Moscon Remiz pendulinus|
I met up with my friend Micha Fager from Finland outside the Guadalmar church at 9.30 so that we could spend the morning in the Guadlahorce Reserve, Malaga. A beautiful clear and sunny morning with no breeze which certainly got hotter and hotter as the morning progressed. And what a morning it was, too, with Spoonbill, Little Bittern and Penduline Tit. By the time we got back to our cards and departed from the church we had recorded 49 species; not a lot of anything but a steady trickle of most of the expected birds about at the moment. Sadly, the only raptor we saw was Kestrel with at least a quartet being observed during our stay. Similarly, waders were thin on the ground although on count back I see that we actually recorded eight species.
House Sparrow and Collared Dove were noted as we approached the entrance and the resident Rock Doves were in their usual place below the road bridge, despite the works going on above their heads. The first Cormorants flew into the site and, already, we could see that a number had taken up their roosting perches at the back of the main water. There were a couple of Coots on the river and many more on the ponds themselves, but not in the numbers to be seen at Laguna Dulce, along with a number of Sardinian Warblers working the edges to the paths as they flitted from bush to bush. The first Stonechat put in an appearance followed by a male Black Redstart and then we were at the Lugana Casillas. Very quiet with just a handful of Coots and a quartet of Little Grebes. Overhead, a number of very high Crag Martins were observed. Two Mallards were located and then a very brief view of a Little Bittern as if flew five metres across the top of the opposite reed fringe and rapidly disappeared within. Thank goodness, albeit not known at the time, we were to get another, better, view later on.
|One of six Snipe Agachadiza Comun Gallinago gallinago of the Wader Pool|
|Juvenile Spoonbill Espatula Comun Platalea leucorodia|
Very little on the old river, the Rio Viejo, just the three juvenile Flamingos and another Little Egret. The eastern canal behind us held a number of sheltering gulls including Yellow-legged, Black-headed and a couple of Mediterranean Gulls. Closer inspection when we reached the Sea Watch revealed that this little group also included a handful of Mallards and two pairs of Gadwall. Out at sea a few more gulls were resting on the calm waters and these were mainly Lesser Black-backed with more Black-headed Gulls. A single Great Crested Grebe was near their company and two adult Gannets flew over at a fair distance from the shore.
|Little Bittern Avetorillo Comun Ixobrychus minutus hunting at the Laguna Escondida|
|The solitary (female/juvenile) White-headed Duck Malvasia Cabeciblanca Oxyura leucocephala on the Laguna Escondida|
|One Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea that had decided he had seen enough of one day!|
Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Back-necked Grebe, Gannet, Cormorant, Little Bittern, Little Egret, Heron, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Snipe, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Kingfisher, Crag Martin, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler, Chiffchaff, Penduline Tit, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|But, of course, it is always a delight to see the Little Grebes Zampullin Comun Tachybaptus ruficollis|
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