Invited to join a birding gathering, mainly Spanish bar the three of us, to help celebrate Andy Paterson's special birthday. Sun was shining even if the wind was blowing a cold gale so I took the opportunity to call in at Fuente de Piedra before heading off to the venue for said party. Lots and lots of water everywhere. So deep on the main pool that you needed a scope to see the nearest Flamingo and then all very distant and blurred. But there were a few Flamingo on both the flooded field to the left as we entered and also on the laguneta round the back.
Stopping to check out the field where nearly all activity seemed to be located, you were immediately aware of the number of Barn Swallows and House Martins feeding over the water. I did find a pair of Teal and mallard but all other ducks appeared to be Shoveler. A number of Coots at the back along with Black-winged Stilts and a couple of Lapwing whilst the damp area on the other side of the road produced a White Wagtail. The big attraction to the watching birders was the lone Whiskered Tern feeding off the water.
|Record shot of Whiskered Tern Fumarel cariblanco Chlidonias hybrida in blustery conditions
|Black-tailed Godwit Aguja Colinegra Limosa limosa
|The three Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa
Mallard, Shoveler, Garganey, Teal, White Stork, Flamingo, Short-toed Eagle, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Whiskered Tern, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Hoopoe, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, White Wagtail, Blackbird, Jackdaw, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch
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