A beautiful, clear and sunny morning and just right for a few hours at the Charca de Suarez on the western outskirts of Motril with Steve Powell. Driving down "Turtle Dive Alley" provided both Zitting Cisticolas and House Sparrows but, sadly, the low sun was right in our face so no point stopping. Onwards then to the Charca where we started off at the Laguna del Taraje. Here we had a pair of Shoveler and Mallard along with the odd Moorhen and Coot plus a good supply of Chiffchaff anda single White Wagtail.
|One of many Chiffchaffs Mosquitero Comun Phylloscopus collybita|
|Jack Snipe Agachadiza Chica Lymnocryptes minimus it would appear - especially judging by the beak length|
Meanwhile, lovely to see the small flock of Teal and even a Purple Swamphen put in an appearance at the back of the water. Not just the one Little Egret but a handful of Cattle Egrets appeared on the island and whilst photographing the former a Kingfisher flashed through the viewfinder - as can be seen in the accompanying photograph. But we were not finished as a Water Pipit appeared from behind the said reeds, did a little walk along the base of the island and then disappeared from view once more.
|Little Egret Garceta Comun Egretta garzetta with surrounding Cattle Egrets Garcilla Bueyera Bubulcus ibis|
|Note the Kingfisher Martin Pescador Alcedo atthis whirring its way to the backof the water|
On to the main hide overlooking the Laguna de las Aneas where we found the water somewhat less occupied than I had expected with only a few Coots and Moorhens accompanied by a handful of Little Grebe. A Cattle Egret on the island and mainly Cormorants taking their rest. Not a single raptor or gull in sight and mainly Shoveler on the water accompanied by Mallard and Pochard. But the lone White Stork was till in residence.
|The ever distictive Purple Swamphen Calamon Porphyrio phorphyrio|
|A reserve known for its small breeding population of Red-knobbed Coots Focha Mortuna Fulica cristata|
|290 prepearing the nest site for the coming season|
|Lovely to see the gentle Teal Cerceta Comun Anas crecca|
Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Pochard, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, White Stork, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Jack Snipe, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Water Pipit, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Ziting Cisticola, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow
|A sort of why did the terrapin (Spanish Pond Terrapin Mauremys leprosa) cross the road?|
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