A morning on the reserve and a look around the Santa Pola Saltpans.
|Reedy channel at El Hondo.|
|Great White Egret (Garceta Grande / Egretta alba).|
|Reed beds looking south from the hide.|
|Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).|
|Looking North from the hide.|
|Red-knobbed Coot (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata).|
Once we were able to get out of the gate we made our way around to the visitors centre where Juan and Beatriz been the day before, as soon as we arrived we checked the pool at the rear where we saw a couple of collared Red-knobbed Coots (Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata) one of which had a strange orange coloured bill and damaged Shield. Also on the pool we had even more Kingfishers, Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio) and Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra). From the pool we walked out along the tracks to the hides out on the reserve but we did not see much on the water except for a fine winter plumaged Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis).
From the back of the hide a large raptor was seen perched in a distant tree which turned out to be TONN again. We walked back to the cars, on the way we had good views of a male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and a Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus).
|Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis).|
Once we found our way out of the fields we had some lunch beforedriving a slightly roundabout way out to Santa Pola saltpans on the coast, here we all got the scopes out and scanned the pools and quickly boosted the wader list with Red Knot ( Correlimos Gordo / Calidris canutus), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Bar-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colipinta / Limosa lapponica), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Black-winged Stilt, Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta) and Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus).
|Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).|
Later we moved back to the Southern hides where we again saw Greater Flamingo's, Avocet, Northern Shoveler, Booted Eagle, Marsh Harrier, a very nice female Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus), Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), 5x Common Cranes (Grulla Común / Grus grus) and a Little Owl (Mochuelo Europeo / Athene noctua).
|Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina).|
We said goodbye to Juan and Beatriz who were staying an extra day before driving back to the house, on the way it was very very windy but the journey went well and quickly.