Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Bonanza, Chipiona, La Janda and Tarifa area, Cadiz Province.

The second day across in Cadiz Province.
Deb and Renate Day Five.

We left the hotel at around 07:00 and headed back to Bonanza where we were hoping to get some more wader species photographs but we were disappointed by the numbers of birds but still managed to get a few good shots. Speciesincluded Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba) including a couple of summer plumage individuals, Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea), Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) and Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos). We took the track out towards the river and had a Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus) do a flyby and saw a couple of pairs of Red-crested Pochards (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina) and Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera)before turning off and skirting the fences checking the pools where we saw several Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Curlew Sandpiper, Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluviali squatarola) and a couple of better behaved than yesterdays Lesser Short-toed Larks (Terrera Marismena / Calandrella rufescens) along with the commoner Short-toed (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla) and Crested (Cogujada / Galerida cristata). We then made our way out to the larger pools and added Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax), Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei), Little Tern (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis) and Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta). We retraced our way back down to the main track and then back towards the entrance but as we drove we noticed a big gathering of Slender-billed Gulls and Little Terns so we slowly rooled up to them and started to get some shots. The gulls were just preening and roosting in the new water being pumped in to the pans while over head the Terns were hovering and diving in for small fish giving us superb views. After ages and a phone call from Debs husband Ian who was unfortunutally looking after things back in Australia this time we pushed on and headed along the coast to Chipiona stopping for a coffee on the way (I think Deb and Renate were well adicted to Spanish Coffee by this point).
Once the Caffine was in place we continued down to the spot for some of the best birds in Spain the Little Swifts (Vencejo Moro / Apus affinis) which were on the list before we had even left the parked car. Once we were at the site the camera were clicking at full speed try to get a decent shot of these very quick little birds as they zoomed around with both Pallid (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus) and Common Swifts (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) for company. In the same area we had Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Barn Swallows (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Lesser Black-backed  (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) and a singing Melodious Warbler (Zarcero Común / Hippolais polyglotta) back where we had parked.
We stayed at this spot for a couple of hours totally engrossed in watching this specieal species before heading down to the south and to the cliffs below Vejer de la Frontera where we had good views of a rare but not so beautiful bird the Northern Bald Ibis (Ibis Eremita / Geronticus eremita) which were breeding in good numbers again. We also took some shots of the nearby Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) before again moving on down to La Janda but its was very quiet and we only had Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Griffon Vulture (Bultre Leonado / Gyps fulvus), Pheasant (Faisán Vulgar / Phaisanus colchicus), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur) and European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).
As the area was quiet we moved on, our next stop was on the edge of Tarifa where we were hoping to see the Garden Bulbuls (Bulbul Naranjero / Pycnonotus barbatus) which are seen in the area. We dipped on the Bulbuls but did get Lesser Kestrel (Cernicola Primilla / Falco naumanni), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla) and Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos).
We tried a second site just down the road but again we did not find the Bulbuls here either so we started the drive back to the house. along the coast but using the toll roads. Once we were back home we could hear the local Red-necked Nightjars (Chotacabras Cuellirrojo / Caprimulgus ruficollis).

Photographs from the top: Little Tern (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba),  Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei), Greater Flamingo's (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) and a Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), 2 x Little Swifts (Vencejo Moro / Apus affinis), Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and Northern Bald Ibis (Ibis Eremita / Geronticus eremita).

1 comment:

Bas said...

de laatste foto vind ik echt super mooi.