Again, whilst down in the Barbate/La Janda area John and Jenny have been out and about and turned up t the two lagunas the day after me. However, we saw neither Ferruginous Duck nor Red-crested Pochard but did have Lapwing, Buzzard and Hoopoe. Great report John. Now I just have to get my Cadiz province reports completed.
Wednesday 23 January: Piedra & Dulce Lagunas
A very overcast and cold day.
As we had an early appointment in Mollina we arrived at Piedra at 08.45. As we drove down the access road a female Bluethroat was noted in one of the many boggy areas also here were Chiffchaff and Chaffinch. On the flood (or better still ) the flooded meadow to the right of the road we saw Black-winged Stilt, White Wagtails, Meadow Pipits and a Common Sandpiper.
A very cold blustery wind greeted us as we left the car for the boardwalk, above us a large flock of some sixty Jackdaws swirled around before landing in the "Stone Curlew" field and Mallard and Shovelers took flight as a female Marsh Harrier came into sight from the laguna direction. At the boardwalk the water was still very high and the only sightings here were three Chiffchaffs hopping about in the almost submerged bushes. As we headed towards the laguneto hide another Marsh Harrier came overhead while on the main laguna hundreds of Greater Flamingos were up to their breasts here and also about were Shovelers, Mallard, Teal, Black-winged Stilts and a couple of Shelduck.
|Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
|Distant Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina (PHOTO: Jenny Wainwright)
|Spanish Sparrows Passer hispaniolensis (PHOTO: John Wainwright)
|Common Crane Grus grus PHOTO: John Wainwright)
|Great White Egret Egretta alba PHOTO: John Wainwright)
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