Saturday, 22 April 2017

Fuente de Piedra and Archidona, Malaga Province.

A walk around a drying Fuente.

Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
After doing a few bits and pieces in Iznajar and Antequera we went for a walk around Fuente de Piedra. On the pool along the entrance road we found Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Gull-billed Tern (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
We parked and walked down to the board walk but there was not a great deal of water and I only found a single Little Stint, Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus) and Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos).
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Up at the mirador we scanned the main Lagoon and saw Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna), Lesser Black-backed Gull (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor) and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
Around the back of the centre we checked the pool from the hide and found Common (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) and Red-crested Pochards (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis) and the two year ticks that I had hoped for Black (Fumarel Común / Chlidonias niger) and Whiskered Terns (Fumarel Cariblanca / Chilidonias hybridus).
Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).
We walked back around to the car seeing some spikes of Yellow Bee Orchid (Orquídea Abejera / Ophrys lutea) in the car park and on the edge of the roadside pool as we drove out I added Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Nightingale (Ruisenor Común / Luscinia megarhynchos).
Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea).
We headed back to Archidona and had some lunch before  went and had a walk in the woods nearby where I found Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx cleopatra), Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina), Pink Butterfly Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea) and the hybrid Orchis x gennarii (O. papilionacea x O. champagneuxii).

Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta).
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
Orchis x gennarii (O. papilionacea x O. champagneuxii).
Pink Butterfly Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea).

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