Monday, 10 May 2010

Guadalhorce, Malaga Province.

Dam the Volcano.

This was just a quick visit to the site while we were waiting for the arrival of Jayne’s Sister and Brother at the airport. On a wide drainage channel just out side the Pardor de Golf I picked up a couple of
Little Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) and Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos) feeding on the muddy margins. A single Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egretta garzetta) was wading through the green slim which covered the surface and both House (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Crag Martins (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris) fed over head with several European Bee-eaters (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).
Down at the sea watch point at Guadalhorce a small group of about a dozen Little Terns (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons) were roosting on the far side of the river. More Little Egrets were staking prey along the reedy banks and a few Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos) were out on the water. On the sea good numbers of Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) roosted out on the disused platforms and several Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus) followed distant fishing boats with hoards of other gulls. Just as I was leaving two Gull-billed Terns (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica) flew passed heading west and the Little Terns all flew out of the river and disappeared off east. On the drive back through the houses several Jackdaws (Grajilla / Corvus monedula) and a small but noisy flock of Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus) were seen. I then returned to Jayne in the shopping center to find that the flight had been cancelled due to this dam Volcano, Can we not block it using the bankers from Iceland that stuffed us last year, and if thats not enough I am sure a big % of the British one would not be missed!

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