A dash around the wetlands.
(Pam and John, Day One).
|Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis).|
So on the Sunday morning the three of us headed off West towards Laguna Herrera near to Antequera and started the birding, we turned off the main road on to the track and stopped straight away when Pam liked the light as he shone through some of the wildflowers. John and I we soon started to pick up some birds for the list, we soon located House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica). Pam had her photo's so we moved on to the first part of the laguna where we set up the scopes and scanned the water and margins, we quickly located Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and a small flock of feeding Gull-billed Terns (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica).
|Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro).|
|Spanish Mallow (Lavatera trimestris).|
|Species of Delphinium.|
|Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum).|
Our next stop was at Fuente de Piedra where we parked and went to scan the main lagoon from the view point behind the visitors centre, here we had views of some of the twenty odd thousand Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), along with Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), many more Gull-billed Terns and a female Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus). We moved around to the hides to the rear of the centre but we saw nothing new bird wise but we did get some nice views of a young Red Fox (Vulpus vulpus) as it skulked around the tamarisks, Large White (Pieris brassicae), False Ilex Hairstreak (Satyrium esculi) and a couple of Blue / Common Emperors (Anax imperator). From here we went back around to the car and headed towards the view point on the western side of the lagoon which looks distantly over the breeding colony for the Greater Flamingo's.