Monday, 9 March 2009

Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, Malaga Province.

Greater Flamingos at Fuente de Piedra.

On my way down to Coin I called in at Fuente de Piedra to catch up with a few species I had not seen for a while. The lake and surrounding pools and marshes were all full of water after the very wet winter. Several thousand Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus) could be seen out on the main Lagoon and some were much closer on the smaller pool on the entrance road. White-headed Duck x1(Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucophala), Northern Shoveler (Cuchara Común / Anas clypeata), Common Pochard (Porrón Europeo / Aythya ferina), Red-crested Pochard x9 (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina), Mallard (Azulón Europeo / Anas platyhynchos) and Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera) were all seen. Several waders were present including Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnas), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Common Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), European Golden Plover (Chorlito Dorado Europeo / Pluvialis apricaia), Dunlin (Correlimos Común /Calidris alpina), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenuela Común / Himantopus himantopus) and Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta).
Photographs from the top: Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus) and Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus).

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