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, Spanish (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).
Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).
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), Western 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).
Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea).
We walked back around to the car seeing some spikes of Yellow Bee Orchid (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).
Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta).
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).
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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