Thursday 22 October 2015
After dropping Jenny off at the airport for her short return visit back to the UK I met up with Derek and Barbara Etherton along with Derek's brother, Terry for an hour or so in lovely weather down at the Guadalhorce behind the airport at that wonderful wetland know as Zapata. The flooding from the resent heavy rains had now subsided so we were just about back to normal as as soon as we arrived were looking at both House Sparrows and Meadow Pipits, having left the Spotless Starlings back in the village, and a distant Common Kestrel. No visit here would be the same without either Crested Lark and/or Stonechat and today was no exception recording a number of each.
|Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
Moving along the track towards the hidden reed beds we had a couple of Cormorant fly over and then a solitary Zitting Cisticola that was happy to sit and pose on the fence immediately in front of the car. Within a few metres next to the main drain we had first a Greenfinch them presumably, the same pair of Common Sandpipers previously seen on the weir and, judging by their inter-action, love is in the air!
|Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
|Male Linnet Carduelis cannabina
|Up close and personal with a Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus
Now up close, and very close, with the Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
Mallard, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Common Sandpiper, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Robin, Bluethroat, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Penduline Tit, Raven, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Linnet.
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