|Visitors Centre with waiting Sandwich Terns Charran Patinegro Sterna sandvicensis|
|Great White Egret Garceta Grande Egretta alba|
A stop on the way produced almost a dozen Great White Egret along with Little Egret, Heron and a handful of White Stork. An Iberian Grey Shrike was a welcome sight and then, again, more Stonechats. Once parked at the car park we could see both Whimbrel and Curlew on the mud flats along with many Redshank.
|Curlew Zarapito Real Numenius arquata|
Walking across the board walk to check out the large pool area between here and the sea we found our first Oystercatchers with at least five noted.
|Oystercatcher Ostrero Euroasiatico Haematopus ostralegus|
Amongst the resting gulls were at least four feeding Caspian Terns and closer inspection also found Little Tern as a Marsh Harrier worked the area.
|Caspian Tern Pagaza Piquirrojo Sterna caspia|
Then it was back to the cars and the mud flats where, in the distance, we found a Slender-billed Gull, Knot and Kentish Plover nearby.
|Knot Correlimos Gordo Calidris canutus with Ringed Plover Chorlitejo Grande Charadrius hiaticula (above) and Kentish Plover Chorlitejo Patinegro Charadrius alexandrinus (right)|
The scope produced distant Bar-tailed Godwits and leaving behind the Crested Larks and Willow Warbler we continued on our way south. Both Hoopoe and Northern Wheatear. Returning to the Visitors Centre we then walked down to the mirador where, along with the many Flamingo, we also found a large flock of both Grey and Golden Plover and a single Shelduck. Close by were a few Sanderling to add to the Marsh Sandpiper, and Turnstones recorded just as we were heading back from the far end of the marismas.
|Flamingo Flamenco Comun Phoenicopterus roseus with some of the Grey Plovers Chorlito Gris Pluvialis squatarola|
|Common Redshank Archibebe Comun Tringa totanus|
We even had a couple of Wood Pigeon as we all set off for relatively nearby El Portil to check out the fresh water lake. Once at El Portil we quickly added both Mallard and Gadwall, many Shoveler and then Derek found a trio of Wigeon on the far bank and then we had another female Red-crested Pochard along with a number of Common Pochard. Not the Coot nor the nearby Robin in the bushes behind us or even the calling Cetti's Warbler but the fly-past of a single Collared Pratincole that gave us so much pleasure. Even the Barn Swallows were almost an after thought.
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