Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Guadalhorce, Malaga Province.

Well yesterday was almost the last day of the tour.

On the way down to Malaga we called in at Guadalhorce for a final few hours birding at the beach and on the reserve. We walked to the sea watch point and scanned the sea but it was quite quiet, however we did see Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Black-headed Gulls (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Black-necked Grebe (Zampullín Cullinegro / Podiceps nigricollis) x2, Common Scoter (Negrón Común / Melanitta nigra) x7, Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) x2, Pied Oystercatcher (Ostrero Euroasiatico / Haematopus ostralegus) x2, Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Cetti's (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and Sardinian Warblers (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala),  Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Skylark (Alondra Común / Alauda arvensis) and Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
We drove to and parked outside the school and walked into the reserve and out to the main hide where we added Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra) and Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus). From the second hide we added Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus). From here we made our way back to the car and then to the airport.

Photographs from the top: Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala) and Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis).

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