Friday, 1 May 2009

Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, Malaga Province.

The Waders.

Jacko and Myself spent most of the day at Laguna de Fuente de Piedra and had some of the best wader watching I have ever had in Spain. On the wooden causeway over the newer of the scrapes we had close views of several species in their summer plumages, Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea), Red Knot (Correlimos Gordo / Calidris canutus) and Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax) all looking in peak condition and the latter displaying to several females. Little (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta) and Temmincks Stint (Correlimos de Temminck / Calidris temminckii), Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Grey (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola), Ringed (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Kentish Plovers (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) were also present. Along with some larger species, Avocet (Avoceta Común/ Recurvirostra avosetta) , Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenuela Común / Himantopus himantopus) and Bar-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colipinta / Limosa lapponica).

The Flamingo's.

Several Thousand Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus ruber) could be seen on the main lagoon and on the fresh water lagoons at the rear of the visitors centre, a great sight as the low water levels last year meant that the birds did not breed. Four Lesser Flamingo's (Phoenicopterus minor) could also be found out on the main lagoon with another two birds reportedly sitting on eggs.

Other Birds.

Whiskered (Fumarel Cariblanco / Chlidonias hybridus), Gull-billed (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica) and Black Terns (Fumarel Aliblanco / Chlidonias leucopterus) were all seen hawking over the pools and near by fields and Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus cachinnans), Black-headed (Gaviota Reidora / Larus ridibundus) plus a few lingering Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) were on the main lagoon. Common Pochard (Porrón Europeo / Aythya ferina), Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadoma), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera) and a single male White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala) were all seen on the fresh water areas along with a couple of White Storks (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
Several pairs of Spanish (Gorrión Moruno / Passer hispaniolensis) and House Sparrows (Gorrión Cumón / Passer domesticus) were nesting in the old visitors centre walls.
Photographs from the top: Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea), Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus ruber) and Whiskered Tern (Fumarel Cariblanco / Chlidonias hybridus).

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