Monday, 23 May 2011

Donkey Sanctury and Fuente de Piedra, Malaga Province.

Refugio del Burrito.

Jayne, Barb and I travelled over to the Donkey Sanctuary near to Fuente de Piedra after two of the volunteers did a talk to the Ladies group in Trabuco. I am a bit sceptical about most of these sorts of things generally but this is based on a couple of badly run shelters in UK, I was not really looking forward to it.How wrong I was the place was great and I enjoyed the hour and a half we spent there wandering around fussing what appeared to be well looked after animals in some descent paddocks with plenty of shade and water. Some of the beasts just stood against trees not doing a lot but other were having a good dust bath or being scratched and pampered by the visitors.
Later we went and had a quick look around the first couple of pools at Fuente where I picked up Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus
ruber), Avocet (Avoceta Común/ Recurvirostra avosetta), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenuela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Northern Shoveler (Cuchara Común / Anas clypeata), Common Pochard (Porrón Europeo / Aythya ferina), Montagu's Harrier (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus) and Gull-billed Tern (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica).

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