Just like the proverbial number 9 bus; go over two weeks without any birding and then get two river trips in in less than forty-eight hours! After Thursday's morning visit to the Rio Velez in Torre del Mar this morning I was out of the house by 6am to take Jenny to catch her coach for a day trip to Gibraltar (not sure whether or not this will actually also included a further day queueing up to get in and out!) and then carried on to Malaga as morning light gradually appeared over the horizon and was entering the reserve by 7.15.
What a disappointment in many ways. Unlike here where it was warm and calm, the coast was very windy and with a cold edge. Just as well I had my sleeveless on as I fought the wind over the bridge to the eastern arm and the Laguna Casillas where I saw - nothing, zilch, nada, b--- all! Eventually, a couple of Mallards put in an appearance along with a single Black-winged Stilt and Little Grebe. Just as well I had been greeted by early morning feeding House Martins and a lone Kestrel looking for his desayuna.
|Juvenile Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius|
Up sticks, camera on back and scope over I my shoulder I made my way to the Escondida pool, passing a roving band of ten Monk Parakeets on the way, where there was plenty of water. This is obviously where the Coots have decided to take up temporary residence with at least twenty present along with a Common Pochard and a couple of male White-headed Ducks. But nothing else save the occasional Moorhen paddling across the water.
|Mediterranean Gull Gaviota Cabecinegra Larus melanocephalus|
|Common Sandpiper Andarrios Chico Actitus hypoleucos working the edges|
So, come 10 o'clock and the wind still blowing hard but the sun now beginning to really heat up the day, I called it quits and returned home to get on with some other much needed tasks, eventually including preparing this report for publishing. Back on our mountain it was, once again, relatively calm and the temperature soaring to the high thirties so the much needed swim was called for plus a quick watch of the on-going Commonwealth Games. Well, that's my excuse for not getting this report published before 6pm!!!
Mallard, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Little Grebe, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Flamingo, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Monk Parakeet, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Blue-headed Wagtail, Blackbird, Sardinian Warbler, House Sparrow.
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