Back in Spain, even if only for about three days
including one at sea. Our cruise ship
docked in Cadiz before 7 on Friday morning enabling me to find some birding – somewhere! As it happened, I missed the last train so
took a local bus about 10km to the neighbouring town of San Fernando where I was
able to spend an hour or so wandering the sea marsh at low tide in glorious
sunny weather, albeit most of the time straight into my eyes! A most strange setup with track seeming to
lead nowhere until you discovered the main path that led out towards the sea
but, having crossed the main stream no way back unless you returned to the same
small bridge. Made for an interesting experience
and just a shame so few birds to observe in the windy conditions which seemed
to play havoc when trying to use the small camera.
passed a small flock of Flamingo, on
arriving at the entrance point via a large sandy car parking area which
produced no end of Rock Doves. Most surprising
and rewarding to actually see a late Barn
Swallow flying low ahead of me. No sooner
seen that a lone Little Egret passed
overhead and a Green Sandpiper took
its departure from somewhere below me.
a couple of Redshank and then the
sudden flight in front of me over the exposed mud revealed a lone Curlew.
Working my way back from a very muddy path a Ringed Plover on the mud below me and then the sighting of a Grey Plover.
after seeing first a Lesser Black-backed
Gull I came across a few resting Yellow-legged
Gulls accompanied by a handful of Cormorants
on the bank of the main river. Not only
a change of gull but suddenly a few Black-headed
Gulls to add to the variety of species seen on this short visit courtesy of
the number 10 bus.
|Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
A Crested Lark took off from the path in
front of me and then even more Stonechats
rewarding me with their presence.
Finally, at the end of the walk, a single Common Sandpiper near the town on the still almost empty riverbed
whilst a few Spotless Starlings were
enjoying the experience from the nearby wires.
Little Egret, Flamingo. Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Curlew, Redshank,
Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed
Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Rock Dove, Crested Lark, Barn Swallow, Stonechat,
|Cormorant with Yellow-legged Gull in background