A few waders down on the coast.
|Purple Sandpiper (Correlimos Oscuro / Calidris maritima).|
Jayne and I were spending the day down on the coast doing the shopping for Christmas but whilst we were near Fuengirola I dropped Jayne at the Miramar shopping centre and went and had a look at the rocks just down the road.
|Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).|
As soon as I got to the site I started to find birds including a good number of Sanderling
(Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Ruddy Turnstone
(Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Ringed
(Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) and Kentish Plovers
(Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) and out to sea I picked up Balearic Shearwaters
(Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus) and Northern Gannets
(Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), Great Cormorant
(Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Yellow-legged
(Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Lesser Black-backed
(Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Mediterranean
(Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) and Black-headed Gulls
(Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) all of which were following a largish fishing boat.
| Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus).|
I walked a short way down the beach and found a single Purple Sandpiper
(Correlimos Oscuro / Calidris maritima) with several Ruddy Turnstones
. Other species seen in the area included Black Redstart
(Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros), Meadow Pipit
(Bisbita Pratense / Anthus pratensis), Little Egret
(Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and Spotless Starling
(Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor).
|Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba).|
As we drove back through Malaga we saw a pale phase Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) over the motorway as well as several small flocks of Monk Parakeets (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus).