|Common Waxbill pico de Coral Estrilda astrild|
A little cloud but still warm as I made my way to Charca de Suarez for a morning visit with friend Derek Etherton. Steve and Elena Powell also attended but somehow manage to miss us as they, presumably followed out track but about 400m in arrears. Eventually met up when we all retired back to my house for roast lunch prepared by Jenny.
Whilst it might be true to say that there were no too many birds on view, it is easy to take for granted the number of Red-knobbed Coots, Purple Swamphen and a rather lovely Purple Heron. Approaching the site the drive along "Turtle Dove Alley" produced both Collared Dove and a couple of Bee-eaters followed by Zitting Cisticola and the usual House Sparrows and Spotless Starlings. We even had a Hoopoe on the wires moving down the concrete track and a second was recorded after leaving the site to make our way back to the motorway.
Entering the reserve a couple of Backbirds and many Nightingales, including youngsters still being fed by parents, along with rather vociferous Reed and Cetti's Warblers. The Laguna del Taraje was rather quiet with a couple of Common Coot and Moorhen with well-grown youngsters as well as a couple of Mallard families. And all the time the continuous calling of Turtle Doves, a lovely sound to behold. A Grey Heron flew over and then a very brief appearance by our first Purple Swamphen of the morning.
|Black-winged Stilt Ciguenuela Comun Himantopus himantopus|
Moving on to the Laguna del Alamo Blanco even less activity - at first. Yes, the resident White Stork was back on site along with two pairs of Black-winged Stilts.
|The resident White Stork Ciguena Blanca Ciconia ciconia|
|Distant record shot of the Little Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Chico Charadrius dubius|
The Laguna de las Anas held very many Common Coot and a couple of Little Grebe along with maybe a score of Mallard. A second Grey Heron flew in to settle on the island in front of the hide where we also had good numbers of Moorhen. Just the one Black-headed Gull on site.
A stop to watch the active Spotted Flycatchers before reaching the Laguna del Trebol where we found all our Red-knobbed Coots along with a well-concealed Purple Heron. Now we also had Pallid Swifts flying over the water.
|Purple Heron Garza Imperial Ardea purpurea|
Mallard, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Purple heron, White Stork, Booted Eagle, Sparrowhawk, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Common Swift, Pallid Swift, Black-headed Gull, Rock Dove, Turtle Dove, Collared Dove, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Nightingale, Blackbird, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Common Waxbill, Black-rumped waxbill..
|More of the Waxbills, both Common Estrilda astrild and Black-Rumped Astrild de Lomo Negro Estrilda troglodytes|
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