In the mud then on the beach and a new Dragon for my list but not where I had expected to see it!!
I started off by dropping Barb and Jayne off on the the beach and then headed of to a drainage channel near the Parador de Golf where Paul Winter had seen a couple of interesting Dragonflies a few days earlier. I parked and walked along the concrete banks be fore reaching the only stretch with any water still in it down near the sea. On the way to and around the water I saw several Orange-winged Dropwings (Trithemis kirbyi), Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii), Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta), Lesser (Anax parthenope) and Blue / Common Emperors (Anax imperator), Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea), Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum), Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma), Small Red-eyed (Erythromma viridulum), Blue-eye / Goblet-marked Damselfly (Erythromma lindenii) and Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii) but dipped on the wanted Vagrant Emperor (Anax ephippiger). Whilst walking around this site I saw several species of bird including Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Song Thrush (Zorzal Común / Turdus philomelos), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica). The whole time I was walking around the site the ground was alive with small Iberian Water Frogs (Rana Común / Rana Perezi) and Natterjack Toads (Sapo Corredor / Bufo calamita).
I then went back to Jayne and Barb on the beach and we went and had some lunch at the nearby bar before spending the rest of the afternoon sunbathing or in my case shade chasing. Whilst I was on the beach I had my bins and scanned out to sea and picked up an immature Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Cory's (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris diomedea) and Balearic Shearwater (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus) and Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) and then to top the day off a Vagrant Emperor came flying along the beach and spent the next ten minutes skimming around between the nearby sunbeds which gave me the chance to get some nice views but as I thought it might be a bit dodgy getting camera out there I did not get any shots.
Photographs from the top: Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) in flight, Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope) Oviposting, Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus) and Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).