Thursday, 6 July 2017

Malaga Rivers, Malaga Province.

A few hours getting my feet wet.

Common Moorhen (Gallineta ComĂșn / Gallinulas chloropus) nest.
I dropped Jayne in Malaga and headed out of the city going North and made my first stop on the Rio Casarabanela and parked on the side of the stream and walked up stream. 
White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes).
Down stream was not an option because this year the raw sewage was even worse than it has been for the last few years, I cannot believe it can be right for the sewage of a nearby by village to be put into this river which then flows down into the Guadalhorce and then down to the beaches and out to sea but it has been like this for several years now 😠😠😠
White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes).
Anyway as I said I went up stream which was all together a better idea, the winter rains had changed the spot quite a bit and the number of dragonflies was very low, I only recorded White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes) x1, Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) x1♂ and Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma) x2♂.
Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii).
I did better on the bird front and found White (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Grey Wagtails (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea), Nightingale (Ruisenor ComĂșn / Luscinia megarhynchos), Barn Swallow (Golondrina ComĂșn / Hirundo rustica), House Martin (AviĂłn ComĂșn / Delichon urbica), Common (Vencejo ComĂșn / Apus apus) and Pallid Swifts (Vencejo PĂĄlido /Apus pallidus), Short-toed Eagle (Culebrera Europeo / Circaetus gallicus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Turtle Dove (TĂłrtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Common Moorhen (Gallineta ComĂșn / Gallinulas chloropus) and a nest which was right out in the open on the edge of the reeds where I parked the car and Blackbird (Mirlo ComĂșn / Turdus merula).
Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii).
I moved back down towards Malaga and called in at the Rio Grande where it runs into the Guadalhorce, again the storms had changed the look of the place and again the dragonfly numbers were low but I did see Epaulet Skimmer x1♂, White Featherleg (Platycnemis latipes) x1, Iberian Blue-tail (Ischnura graellsii) x10+ and Orange-winged Dropwing (Trithemis kirbyi) x1♂. 
Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina).
Birds included several Little Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius), Little (Garceta ComĂșn / Egreeta garzetta) and Western Cattle Egrets (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Mallard (Anade AzulĂłn / Anas platyrhynchos), Zitting Cisticola (BuitrĂłn / Cisticola juncidis), European Bee-eater (Abejaruco ComĂșn / Merops apiaster) and Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) and the only butterfly seen was a rather tatty Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina).
Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis).
My last stop before I met up with Jayne was at Zapata further down the Guadalhorce but it was quiet and I only added Collared Dove (TĂłrtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (VerderĂłn ComĂșn / Carduelis chloris), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Eurasian Coot (Focha ComĂșn / Fulica atra), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and a Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus).

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