Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Laguna Dulce, Malaga Province and Grazalema area in Cadiz Province.

A quick visit to see friends Sue and Sam over near Grazalema. 
Day one.

Jayne and I headed off over towards Grazalema at around 11:00 after a couple of appointments in Loja during the morning. On the way I saw House Sparrow (Gorrión
Común / Passer domesticus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus),  White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), female Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) and Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris).
Our first stop was for a coffee and toast at a BP garage just the far side of Antequera and the second was for 20 minutes or so scan of Laguna Dulce near Campillos. The Laguna was surprisingly quiet but after some hard searching I did pick up a few nice species out on the water or around the margins including White-headed Ducks (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala) 2 females and a single male, Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) 1 female, Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina) 1 female, Eurasian Wigeon (Sibón Europeo / Anas penelope) 1 female,  Ferruginous Ducks (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca) 2 males, Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera) 20+, Northern Shovelers (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata) 50+, Mallards (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Little (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) x20+, Black-necked (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis) x15+ and Great Crested Grebes (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus) x1, Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Purple Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio) x2, Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) x6 immatures, Black-winged Stilts (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) x2, Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) x8 and Kentish Plovers (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) x2. In the surrounding vegetation I picked up Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Meadow Pipit (Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and a very fresh looking Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta). 
We continued o over towards Grazalema via a market in Campillos seeing Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra), Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax).
We had lunch just outside Ronda and then headed in to Grazalema where we met Clive, Sam, big and little Ellie and their new little chap Antonio having their lunch in the town. We sat and spent some time chatting with them before heading to Sue's with Sam. We spent the rest of the evening there catching up and g entertained by Sam. In the garden I saw or heard Blue (Herrerillo Común / Parus caeruleus), Crested (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus) and Long-tailed Tits (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis) and Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius). We also saw several Fungi and a small patch of  Round-leaved fluellin (Kickxia spuria).

Photographs from the top: Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Fungis 1, Fungus 2 and  Round-leaved fluellin (Kickxia spuria).

1 comment:

bas van Es said...

geweldig wat een overweldigende natuur