Now back in Spain and lovely to receive an email from John and Jenny Wainwright re their visit to the Charca de Suarez on Sunday. Certainly more fun than driving over to East Midlands airport to join the cattle-truck-in-the-sky, otherwise known as Ryanair, on a swelteringly hot day and even worse on the plane itself. At least my very late check-in, three hours before the flight, got me a window seat in the emergency door area so lots of leg room to make up for the uncomfortable seat itself! I think it might be a case of getting the spare bins out and venturing forth once more myself before driving down to Tarifa on Saturday.
More good news from John that Jenny is making great progress and now walking further. And she was in charge of the camera for Sunday's visit to the Charca!
Charca de Suarez ; Sunday15th July
A very warm day with a light breeze now and then.
We arrived at the reserve about ten minutes before opening, overhead a few Barn Swallows and House Martins were seen. Entering the reserve we headed for the new laguna hide, Laguna del Alamo Blanco, lots of Spotted Flycatchers down this track today, mostly juveniles waiting for food.
|Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
|Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
|Distant Turtle Dove Streptopella turtur (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
|Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
|Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
Lots of good birds seen and especially the Kingfisher having just read the BTO report that the "Beast from the East" weather back in February seems to have virtually wiped out most of these beautiful birds back in Britain. All observers are now asked to send in any reports of Kingfishers seen in the UK.
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