Juan Pérez Contreras and myself set off from Granada at 06:15 on our monthly visit to cabo Sacratif to the East of Motril. Where we carry out a sea watching session which is also carried out at many other coastal sites in Spain at the same time on the same day each month.
Generaly the time spent during the survey was quiet, Several Cory's (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris diomedea) and Balearic Shearwaters (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus) were seen, along with a single Imm Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) and 2 Shelducks (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna). Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egretta garzetta) and 2x Peregrine Falcons (Halcón Peregrino / Falco peregrinus) were also seen. Pallid Swifts (Vencejo Pálido / Apus pallidus) flew around the cliffs and Sardinian Warblers (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) called from the surounding scrub.
We later moved to the docks at Motril where four Audouin's Gulls with rings were recorded and the information will be forwarded to the ringing groups for further information.
The next stop was at Charca de Suárez, a group of lagoons on the coast near Mortil. I added a couple of new species to my small but growing list for Granada Province, these were Garganey (Cerceta Carretona / Anas querquedula) and White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), both males. Also seen were Little Bittern (Avetorillo Común / Ixobrychus minutus), Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides), Purple Swamp-hen (Calamón Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Whiskered Tern (Fumarel Cariblanco / Chlidonias hybridus), Little Grebe (Zapullin Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenuela Común / Himantopus himantopus) and Reed Warblers (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scirpaceus).
Photographs from the top: White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Little Grebe (Zapullin Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) and Garganey (Cerceta Carretona / Anas querquedula).