What a beautiful clear and sunny morning for a visit to the Charca de Suarez reserve along with Steve and Elena Powell which saw us arrive a little later than usual as we made our usual slight detour to take in "Turtle Dove Alley" (but none present on either the inward or outward drive) where we duly recorded a number of "flitting" Red Avadavats within minutes along with Zitting Cisticolas, Greenfinches and the usual House sparrows and Collared Doves. Then it was on round the corner to the reserve itself where we were welcome by numerous calling Cetti's Warblers.
|Avadavats Bengali Rojo Amandava amandava hiding in the reed like red glow-worms|
|Can you dance like a Purple Swamphen Calamon Porphyrio porphyrio?|
|We think it is a Reed Warbler Carricero Comun Acrocephalus scirpaceus but could it be a Savi's warbler?|
|The very photographable Kingfsher Martin Pescador Alcedo atthis|
|Just the single Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus|
|Not that many Little Egrets Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta to be seen|
|We finally saw the Little Bittern Avetorillo Comun Ixobrychus minutus fly in front and come to rest in a small reed growth|
As we made our way back to the gate having only recorded 39 species we were rewarded by a gent;e fly-past from the solitary Black-shouldered Kite which, we hope, may have taken up residence in the area for the coming months. A great way to end the morning, or so we thought, until entering Turtle Dove Alley to make our way back home Steve thought he had a Marsh Harrier on his side of the car but as it passed over and turned it flashed its distinctive white rump giving us the chance to add a female Montagu's Harrier to the list. Almost certainly this was the distant raptor that had me scratching my head about thirty minutes earlier. And add cream to the proverbial cake, we looked out to the right and there was a posing Whinchat. A final total of 42 species for the morning.
|At the end of the morning a record shot of the Black-shouldered Kite Elanio Comun Elanus ceruleus|
Gadwall, Mallard, Pochard, Little Grebe, Little Bittern, Night Heron, Little Egret, Heron, White Stork, Flamingo, Black-shouldered Kite, Montagu's Harrier, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Common Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Snipe, Greenshank, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Barn Swallow, White Wagtail, Bluethroat, Whinchat, Stonechat, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Great Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Red Avadavat, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Spotted Flycatcher Papamoscus Gris Musciapa striata|
|Snipe Agachadiza Comun Gallinago gallinago|
|Lovely to see well-exposed Purple Swamphens Calamon Comun Porphyrio porphyrio|
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