|Little Owl Athene noctua|
The sun was shining so I took myself off to the Charca de Suarez in Motril and, upon arriving, discovered that there was not only a strong breeze to accompany the mixture of sun and broken cloud but it was some sort of open day for members to purchase and have trees planted in remembrance of their new-born children, As a result there was to be no access to the new lake, the Laguna del Alamo Blanco, home to Water Rails, Crakes and all other sorts of goodies. Result? I only stayed for the first session then returned home via a stop in Turtle Dove Alley where I picked up a resting Little Owl on top of the chimney that remained on the ruin along with Greenfinch, Crested Lark, Kestrel and Spotless Starlings.
|Common Sandpiper Andarrios Chico Actitis hypoleucos|
At the Charca I headed for the Laguna del Taraje where I hope to find a Little Bittern but such luck. I simple managed Coot, Mallard, Little Grebe and Moorhen and a Blackbird flew across the water as I was about to leave. On the other hand, sitting alone with a Nightingale singing away immediately next to me was most relaxing. Walking to the main hide overlooking the Laguna de las Aneas I heard my first Turtle Doves of the year and then saw the first resting on a factory roof.
|Little Grebe Zampullin Comun Tachybaptus ruficollis|
|Adult male Mallards Anade Azulon Anas platyrhynchos moving into eclipse plumage|
|Young Grey Heron Garza Real Ardea cinerea|
|Very distant Night Heron Martinete Comun Nycticorax nycticorax|
Ans so, after a very brief stop at the Laguna del Lirio whilst waiting for Manu to unlock the gate where the resident pair of Red-knobbed Coots were seen with the remaining three of their original five chicks, I set off for the neighbouring Turtle Dove Alley as previously described.
Mallard, Pochard, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Night Heron, Little Egret, Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Common Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Turtle Dove, Little Owl, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Nightingale, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Spotless Starling, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Still be watched by the Little Owl Mochuelo Comun Athene noctua|
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