Having missed the opportunity to get a photograph of the Little Crake at the Charca de Suarez yesterday morning and the forecast suggesting that this evening at Motril would be a mixture of sun and cloud, I drove over for the restricted evening opening. As I arrived the weather had deteriorated to dull, cloudy and miserable with a light drizzle starting as the gates were opened. I was the only visitor, I wonder why? It then proceeded to settle into a continuous light rain all evening and did not stop until I got back into the car. If that was bad enough, it was not helped to discover that everything was still dry back in Mezquitilla! But I did achieve my target so not all bad news.
On entering with Blackbirds flying about with a Cormorant coming into rest whilst the Spotless Starlings perched, heads down, on the wires, I walked straight to the hide overlooking the Laguna del Taraje in search of yesterday's Little Crake. Not a sign and why was it that, having decided initially to spend all evening here, this is the only hide of the seven on site that does not have a solid roof? Lots of Barn Swallows feeding over the water a small number of Chiffchaffs round the edges. On the water itself a couple of Coots and a Little Grebe.
|Little Grebe Zampullin Comun Tachybaptus ruficollis
|Barn Swallow Golondrina Comun Hirundo rustica
|Spot the Sand Martin Avion Zapador Riparia riparia resting with the Barn Swallows
|Our friendly Little Crake Polluela Bastarda Porzana parva
|Purple Swamphen Calamon Porphyrio porphyrio having fed moved on
But I had seen and photographed the Little Crake, albeit not brilliant shots, so I returned, passing scores of in-coming Cattle Egrets, happy and ready to see what the morning will bring at Fuente de Piedra, subject to weather conditions.
|White Wagtail Lavandera Blanca Motacilla alba
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