Laguna Dulce: Wednesday 27 August
A very hot and windless day.
We arrived at the laguna at about 11.30am after getting a bite to eat at Antequera. The journey down had been pretty uneventful seeing mostly Collared Doves, a few Barn Swallows, Wood Pigeon, a Common Kestrel and some House Sparrows.
|White Storks Ciconia ciconia in the sky (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
reeds and we never saw the bird again, although we did see a female Marsh Harrier about half an hour later.
On the laguna itself several Common Pochards, Mallards, Common Coots were noted as well as Black-necked, Little and Great Crested Grebes. White-headed Ducks were in good numbers today - I counted at least sixty and amongst them juvenile Greater Flamingos and adults were feeding.
|Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
The reed bed to our front was full of song - but very little came into view. I heard Reed, Sardinian and Cetti´s Warblers and saw Goldfinches, Corn Buntings and more House Sparrows. Not that many hirundines close in today but the sky was full of them over the far reed beds including Common Swifts, Barn Swallows and House Martins.
Looking back over the laguna, a flock of Shovelers emerged from the reeds along with some Gadwalls and more White-headed Ducks and a bit closer to us a female Tufted Duck emerged from it´s dive.
On the return journey, just past the workings on the right, a Woodchat Shrike was seen and another about a kilometre down the road, and on a pylon - just after the new high-speed rail bridge - sat a Common Buzzard.
|Female adult Red-veined Darter Sympetrum fonscolombii (PHOTO: John Wainwright)|
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