|Trumpeter Finch Camachuelo Trompetero Bucanetes githagineus|
Car still in the garage so making the most of using the miles on the three day rental. Lovely sunny day with not a cloud in the clear blue sky and the temperature reaching 27C by afternoon so no wonder I wandered up to Almeria. Long day and needed to stop for a half-hour sleep on the way back - and also try and compensate for the bright evening sun coming straight at me, disadvantage of spending a day travelling eastwards! So it was off to Las Norias first and even with a normal start still on site by 10 'clock thanks to the new, continuous, motorway. Then followed the salinas at Roquetas de Mar and finally almost a couple of hours at Cabo de Gata so that I could still start the homeward journey by just after 5pm. More than a little tired by the time I got home so this report is going to be a day late, especially as I am using the final day of the rental to drive up to Ventas de Zafarraya, the woods at El Robledal and then back down the mountain track to the Alcaucin picnic area.
|A few of the many Red-crested Pochards pato Colorado Netta rufina|
|Greenshank Archibebe Claro Tringa nebularia feeding in the track puddle|
|One of the Night Herons martinete Comun Nycticorax nycticorax|
|The weirdy, "piedpald" Common Coot Focha Comun Fulica atra on the fresh water lake|
|The very bold and lonely Turnstone Vuelepiedras Comun Arenaria interpres|
Full speed ahead now towards Cabo de Gata and a picnic stop at KM4. Nothing to be seen but I did get chance for a rest. Approaching the village I had Collared Doves on the wires and a coupe of hovering Kestrels. But it was straight to the lighthouse for my target bird picking up both Black Redstart and Black Wheatear as I climbed up the last peak and then down to the road's end. Only House Sparrows and Crested Larks to be seen so I quickly moved round behind the area on the service road to the customs station or whatever it is on top of the hill. Parking in the same place as three weeks ago I just looked around, found the Trumpeter Finches and happily took photos as the birds went about their bust feeding activity. Indeed, driving on a short distance to turn round I then parked within five metres of the Trumpeter Finches and was able to continue photographing albeit across the empty passenger seat.
|feeding Trumpeter Finches Camachuelo Trompetero Bucanetes githagineus|
|Little Stint Correlimos Menudo Calidris minuta|
My final stop was at the last hide on my way out of Cabo de Gata before setting off on the long journey back to Mezquitilla. Here I found a good number of Shelduck along with some rather delicate looking Mediterranean Gulls. Just two Little Egrets and the final birds of the visit were Collared Doves and Greenfinches.
Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard, Pochard, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Night Heron, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Heron, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Little Stint, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed Gull, lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Sandwich Tern, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Crag Martin, Barn Swallow, White Wagtail, Robin, Black Redstart, Stonechat, Black Wheatear, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Magpie, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Trumpeter Finch, Reed Bunting.
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