Monday, 10 August 2009

Rio Guadalahorce, Malaga Province.

Wrong time of the year and worst time of the day.

So I was not expecting to see very much and I got what I expected. It was just too hot at 14:30 to be tramping around the reserve but we were meeting our son from the airport at Malaga and it seemed like a good idea. On the first lake a couple of hundred Black-headed Gulls (Gaviota Reidora / Lanus ridibundus) were roosting, a single Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cuellinegro / Podiceps nigricollis) and a few White-headed Ducks (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala) swam and fed amongst them. Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egretta garzetta) and Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenuela Común / Himantopus himantopus) were also seen. From the next hide over looking the long pool, Pochard (Porrón Europeo / Aythya ferina), Common Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinula Chloropus), Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus) and Cetti's Warbler were seen and heard. A single Imm Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator) was perched on a tall Fennel Stalk and several Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus) flew over calling loudly. After a brief visit I was glad to get back to the car.
Photographs from the top: Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egretta garzetta) and Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).

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