Thursday 5 May
A very warm and sunny late afternoon so not the best time of
day to be visiting the Guadalhorce in
Malaga. But with Jenny arriving the
airport at 7.30 an opportunity not to ne missed as I arrived ion site a few
minutes after 5pm. Crossing the footbridge still plenty of House Martins collecting mud to build/reinforce their nests under and
on the lower part of the bridge. A
handful of Monk Parakeets crossed
over above me as I made my way to the eastern canal and hides along with the first
of very many Spotless Starlings. Approaching the Casillas Hide some feeding House
Sparrows but very little on the pool itself; a couple of Coot and a Moorhen plus three drake Mallards.
A Little Egret was glimpsed at the
far left-hand edge.
|Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Moving on to the Wader
Hide a Cetti’s Warbler was
calling to my left and once settled in the hide immediate close views of both a
Spoonbill and Great White Egret. A Little Egret was resting in the tree on
the main island and a second individual at the back of the water. 26 Black-winged Stilts were counted. Reed
Warblers seemed to be calling from every reeded area on the reserve as a Collared Dove flew across the water.
|Great White Egret Egretta alba
Once opposite the Rio
Viejo (Old River) another dozen Black-winged
Stilts along with a couple of Shelduck
and small waders including Redshank,
Dunlin, Curlew Sandpiper and Ringed
Plover. On to the Sea Watch
passing a couple of Goldfinch but
all that was revealed were the eight Sanderling
working the nearby beach.
|Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Making my way back by the same route I encountered a Common Sandpiper at the Wader Pool plus
recording Greenfinch, a male Sardinian Warbler and an over-flying Yellow-legged Gull. So on to the Escondida Hide with a Blackbird on the approach track and
many more Spotless Starlings. The main
attraction here was the flock of fifteen male Pochard along with a couple of White-headed
Ducks and the occasional Moorhen
|Common Pochards Aythya ferina on the Laguna Escondida
Come the Laguna Grande and, once again, the massed resting flock of Sandwich Terns on the island immediately in front of the hide. A couple of Whiskered Terns were working the water and a further36 Black-winged Stilts noted. Dotted around were a number of Black-headed Gulls and even a quartet of Cormorant. Still a couple of Slender-billed Gulls and a single Flamingo flew across the trees at the back.
|Mainly Sandwich Terns Sterna sandvicensis
Then the specific, closer check of the resting Sandwich Terns produced first a Common Sandpiper then a single Collared Pratincole.
Meanwhile, at the very back of the water, a Kestrel alighted in the top of the
tallest bare tree and to the right of the small island at the far right, now
under water, a movement in the overhanging branches resting in the green water
revealed a Squacco Heron. A Red-
rumped Swallow made a pass in front of the hide returning with a
couple of minutes but not to be seen again.
And so time came to make my way back and onwards to my appointment with
the arriving plane from Bournemouth when a Great
Tit crossed the track to the bush in front of me and notched up the 40th
species in just two hours at the reserve.
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola
|Whiskered Tern Childonias hybrida
Shelduck, Mallard, Pochard, White-headed Duck, Cormorant, Squacco
Heron, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Flamingo, Kestrel, Moorhen,
Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Ringed Plover, Sanderling,
Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Slender-billed
Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Sandwich Tern, Whiskered Tern, Collared Dove, Monk
Parakeet, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, House Martin, Blackbird, Cetti’s
Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Great Tit, Spotless Starling, House
Sparrow, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.
|Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus