|Bee-eater Merops apiaster (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)
Wednesday 26 May
Lovey to read about the good day's birding undertaken by Dave and his Arboleas Birding Group. It had been my intention to join the group until I realised that the previous evening was the annual community meeting so no time to book an overnight in the area. Reading the report I, too, would like to add my best wishes to John (who I had the pleasure of meeting on a couple of occasions) and Marion upon their relocation back in Britain and trust the move goes well and no Covid paperwork problems! Jenny and I will also be making the same change of plans come the end of the year, albeit we will retain our base in Velez de Benaudalla (Granada province) to use for birding visits once settled in at Warsash at the mouth of the Hamble River overlooking its confluence with Southampton Water.
It would appear that Black-winged Stilts are being found everywhere and also single, or few, sightings of Glossy Ibis. yet again I seem to have missed out on a Little Bittern but I'll get their in the end! It may be my imagination but you're now very lucky to see one of the handfulof White-headed Ducks at the Guadalhorce in Malaga but their still seem to be plenty around. Indeed, up at Daimiel last week they could be counted in scores, well out-numbering all the other ducks present even if you doubled the latter.
|Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)
|Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)
|White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)
(Male above, female below)
|Female Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina with ducklings (PHOTO: David Elliott-Binns)