Up at Laguna Dulce near Campillos by 9.30 and amazed to see just how much water was on view, not just the laguna but also neighbouring fields. Nevermind the hundred Flamingos I was pleased to record all three of our grebes with at least 8 Great Crested, 6 Little and no less than a dozen Black-necked Grebes.
|Great Crested Grebes Somormujo Lavanco Podiceps cristatus at Laguna Dulce|
|Trio of Black-necked Grebes Zampullin Cuellinegro Podiceps nigricollis|
In front of the hide a good number of feeding House Sparrows along with many singing Corn Buntings. In the undergrowth at least four singing Nightingales and a similar number of Cetti's Warblers. A Woodchat Shrike put in an appearance and as the few Barn Swallows skimmed the water I noticed the distant Black-winged Stilt. Then it was time, as a Raven crossed the road, for me to make my way round to Fuente de Piedra.
|Anyone seen a House Sparrow Gorrion Comun Passer domesticus?|
Approaching the main entry I stopped at the farm track adjacent to the crossing of the main stream. The field to the left was well-flooded and held a number of waders including Ruff, Dunlin and both Common and a single Spotted Redshank. Both Moorhen and Avocet in the stream on the right-hand side of the road and flying overhead a couple of gull-billed Terns.
So on to the main laguna itself but not helped by the large party of young children at the viewing point so straight round to the Lagunetta hide which was occupied by a party of about twenty adult birders. Third time luck to make use of the smaller, but empty, nearby hide where I found Red-crested Pochard, Moorhen and Coot.
|A misty Red-crested Pochard Pato Colorado Netta rufina at Fuente de Piedra|
|Flamingos Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus at Fuente de Piedra accompanied by Black-headed Gulls Gaviota Reidora Larus ridibundus|
|One of very many Corn Bunting Triguero Emberiza calandra|
Leaving the motorway at Mollina I took the broken and badly pitted road/track across to the former Laguna Herrera where I found, much to my delight, that there was water once again. A soaring Buzzard on the way and a couple of Blue-headed Wagtails making use of the speed limit sign plus very many Corn Buntings and a few more Crested Larks.
|(Blue-headed) Yellow Wagails Lavandera Boyera Iberica Motacilla flava iberiae|
At the back of the laguna a number of resting Little Terns and a lone Grey Heron flapped slowly across the water. In addition to the Shelduck and small number of Avocet I also noticed a trio of Redshank in the grasses near the edge.
|These Red-crested Pochards Pato Colorado Netta rufina had obvioulsly seen enough!|
Shelduck, Mallard, Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Red-legged Partridge, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Cattle Egret, Heron, White Stork, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Dunlin, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Little Tern, Whiskered Tern, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Blue-headed Wagtail, Nightingale, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Woodchat Shrike, Jackdaw, Raven, Spotless Starling, House sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Corn Bunting.
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