Sunday, 31 October 2010

Laguna Herrera, Antequera, Malaga Province.



Thing were looking up.

I arrived at the Laguna this morning and found it as it usually is on a weekend surrounded by macho action men with big guns blasting anything that moved. But I was pleasantly surprised to find good numbers of birds had arrived since my last visit and were not moving on even with all the noise probably due to the lousy weather.
The new birds included 20+ Little Stints (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), 18 Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina) of mixed plumages states and extremes in bill length. Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus) x8, Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) had risen to at least 20. Regular species included Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) x2, Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus ruber) x3 and Black-winged Stilts (Ciguenuela Común / Himantopus himantopus) x8. Also out on the water were 30 odd Lesser Black Backed Gulls (Gaviota Somria / Larus fuscus) which were all flushed up as a mid air battle took place between the 2 regular Common Buzzards (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) and a female Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus). Other species seen around the margins included hundreds of White Wagtails (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer Domesticus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos) and Crested Lark (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata).
Photographs from the top: Dawn and a group of feeding Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago).

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