Monday, 17 March 2014

Huétor Fields, Granada Province and Laguna Herrera, Malaga Province.

A quick scan of the lagoon and fields.

I needed a few things from Huétorso I spent a short while out on the fields and picked up a couple of year ticks, a single Short-toed Lark (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla) and on the river a couple of Little Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius). Other species included Tree Sparrow (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus) and Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto).
Jayne and I headed over to Antequera to have a look at the garden centres and whilst we were there we popped in to Laguna Herrera to check what was about. On the track in we saw a nice male Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) hunting low over the crop fields, a couple of Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo) sitting on the tops of telegraph poles and several Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni) hovering over the same fields. Once on the track we flushed up several Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) from the ditch along with the first of several Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus). On the lagoon there were lots of roosting Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), a few Black-heads (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and a couple of Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), along with a small flock of Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), half a dozen Shelducks (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Northern Lapwing (Avefria Europea / Vanellus vanellus), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), several Black-winged Stilts (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), more Green Sandpipers and a single first for the year Wood Sandpiper (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola). We then moved on around the fields and added Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Southern Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Red-legged Partridge (Perdiz Roja / Alectoris rufa), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and a couple of Little Bustard (Sisón Común / Tetrax tetrax).

Photographs: 3x Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).

1 comment:

stiefbeen said...

geweldig wat een vrolijkheid.