Monday, 30 August 2010

Near Antequera, Malaga Province.

Just the Laguna today.


Jayne and I set off to have another look at the newly discovered Lagoon near Antequera and to get some plants for the garden. We arrived at the lagoon to again find good numbers of waders, all yesterdays species plus a couple of Curlew Sandpipers (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea) and about half a dozen Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia). About 70 Greater Flamingo’s (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus ruber) were also present and looked spectacular in flight when they were flushed by a Micro light Aircraft passing too close. A single female Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) put all the birds up again as she flapped slowly along the far edge of the water and large numbers of Lesser Kestrels (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni) were watched feeding on the fields nearby. Other species seen during the drive across county to the town included Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Calandra Lark (Calandria / Melanocorypha calandra), Cetti’s Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer Domesticus), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido / Apus pallidus), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Thekla Lark (Cogujada Montesina / Galerida theklae) and Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
Both of the Garden Centre’s plants looked worse for ware, so we said we would wait till the weather cools off and try again.
Photographs from the top: Greater Flamingo’s and
(Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus ruber)in flight x2, Juvenile Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica).

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