Away from Dos Hermanas by 9.15 to reach the meeting point at the venta Casa de Cachopo in time for breakfast before setting off on a day's birding with the Andalucia Bird Society it was a welcome sight to find a dry, calm and cloudy start and even signs of breaks in the cloud with the forecast ed heavy rain not now expected before 11. Nevermind an hour, when the rain arrived it was approaching midday and then just light showers as the nine of us in attendance made our way back to the cars in the northern area of the Brazo del Este. Many had cancelled so I suspect we hardy souls, or idiots, were present because we had already booked overnight accommodation and at least had the pleasure of some good birding in the area the previous day.
|A few of the Lapwing Avefria Europea Vanellus vanellus flock
|White Stork Ciguena Blanca Coconia ciconia
Once back in the car park and dry at the moment it took a long while to try and removed the thick clinging soil from our shoes before setting off along the country road. And now the rain proper did get started so very much a question of birding from our respective cars. A stop on a bend on the, now, gritted track produced a Black Stork and a little later the pool on the right had not just Mallards but also a number of Shoveler with Graham actually finding a pair of Shelduck. Lots of Barn Swallows and House Martins feeding over this water.
|A very wet Black Stork Ciguena Negra Ciconia nigra from the car
|The distant Peregrine Falcon Halcon peregrino Falco peregrinus
On and on along the track getting narrower and narrower plus muddier and muddier until we eventually joined the main track running through the southern area of the reserve. But not before we came across White Storks and so many Glossy Ibis, there must have been well in excess of a thousand, that it appeared to look like a dark carpet on the rice stubble. Behind them we could see what looked like a white hedge until looking closer we discovered maybe 10,000 Flamingos in the distance.
|A carpet of Glossy Ibis Morito Comun Plegadis falcinellus
But, being positive, good company and and, despite the weather, and enjoyable visit with almost 50 species recorded.
Shelduck, Mallard, Shoveler, Red-legged Partridge, cattle Egret, Little Egret, Glosy Ibis, Great White Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Black Stork, White Stork, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Lapwing, Dunlin, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Rock Dove, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Stonechat, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Serin, Corn Bunting.
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