Tuesday 30 August
An overcast, cloudy and humid evening to pay a visit
to the Charca de Suarez but still
very warm at 31C. A couple of spots when
first arrived so hoped the 75 minutes spent at the reserve would get me back to
the car before he rains came. It never
did and the evening continued to prove very humid and unpleasant and not helped
by the state of the water; everywhere seemed to be covered in a dense growth of
reeds and grasses save for the main water.
Collared Doves when I first arrived and then straight
to the Laguna del Taraje where I
found mainly Mallards and a couple
of Common Coot but also a pair pf Purple Swamphen hiding away at the very
back behind the grasses and a single Moorhen. Moving to the hide at the far of the water, a
quartet of Moorhen and a single Glossy Ibis. The hide overlooking the Laguna del Alamo Blanco was a complete waste of time with just a
pair of Mallard on the smallest
clearing of water with the rest of the pool completely covered by tall grasses.
|Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Walking down towards the rear entrance I found a
resting Spotted Flycatcher resulting
in me taking a distant record shot whilst overhead a number of Barn Swallows were observed. Back to
the path and round to the main hide overlooking the Lagunsa de las Aneas and noting a pair of male Blackbirds on the way. Once
ensconced in the hid a number of both Cattle
and Little Egrets along with half a
dozen Heron. Plenty of Mallards and Coots, both
Common and Red-knobbed, before finding both a couple of Gadwall and the first of three Ferruginous
Ducks to be seen during the visit.
Also present a good number of Black-headed
Gulls and then more time studying the Little
Egrets away on the far right-hand side which resulted in conforming a
couple of Night Herons.
|Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Moving on to the Laguna
del Trebol mainly Red-knobbed Coots,
more Moorhens and a couple of Little Grebe. The hide on the southern
side of the water produced nothing ne and the final hide overlooking the Laguna del Lirio had more Red-knobbed Coots plus a pair of Ferruginous Ducks.
|Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
Making my way back to the car to drive along the back
of the reserve I picked up House
Sparrows and a Kestrel to finish
with 21 species for the short visit.
|Heron Ardea cinerea
Gadwall, Mallard, Ferruginous Duck, Little Grebe,
Night Heron, Glossy Ibis, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron, Kestrel, Moorhen,
Purple Swamphen, Common Coot, Red-knobbed Coot, Black-headed Gull, Collared
Dove, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, House Sparrow.
|Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
|Common Coot Fulica atra
|Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
|Night Herons Nycticorax nycticorax with Little Egret Egretta garzetta
|Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
|Record shot of distant Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
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