Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Bonanza Area, Cadiz Province.

Pools and Saltpans in Cadiz Province.

Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides).
Jayne and Lynn were staying around the town and having a walk along the sea front and Steve and I were heading out birding again, so after breakfast in the town we first headed for the small pools near Bonanza. As we arrived the first birds we saw were two Night Herons (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax), the first one looking like a nice normal adult bird but the second one was a leucistic bird looking almost white with darker grey patches. During this visit we saw several more normal looking adults and immature birds but the leucistic bird did not return.
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
However we did add Squacco Heron (Garcilla Cangrejera / Ardeola ralloides), Little Bittern (Avetorillo Común / Ixobrychus minutus), Little (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Common (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) and Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), White-headed Duck (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Little (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis) and Great Crested Grebe (Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus),
Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Purple / Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus).
Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
We moved on after a while and revisited Bonanza after yesterdays success, on the main track in we parked a spent quite a while photographing Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus) and Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei). 
Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
In the same area I also saw Green (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus) and Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Ringed (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Little Ringed (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) and Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) and a pair of passing Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax).
Slender-billed Gull (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei).
Once around the corner and heading down to the pump house we stopped and checked the spot where we had seen the Red-necked Phalarope (Falaropo Picofino / Phalaropus lobatus) yesterday but only found Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax) and Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta).
Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina).
Once we were down at the Pump house we were again trying for flight shots of the highly mobile Little Terns (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons) as well as the Slender-billed, Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis). We also saw a good many other species including Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Short-toed (Terrera Común / Calandrella brachydactyla) and Crested Larks (Cogujada / Galerida cristata) and Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis).
Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea).
We retraced our way along the top track and continued on down to the River but only added Yellow Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and on the river Mediterranean Gull (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) and Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans).
Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).
We made our way out of the Saltpans and then had a look at the Laguna de Tarelo but it was quiet except for a very large number of Cattle and Little Egrets, a few Squacco Herons, Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata), Black Kite and as we went through the woodlands to the far end we saw more Booted Eagles, Black Kite, Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax), Spoonbill, Red-rumped Swallow and Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli). 
Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea).
We moved out on to the open tracks and looked around the other saltpans and wet areas out there but we did not find a great deal but we did see Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata), Marsh (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) and Montagu's Harrier's (Aguilucho Cenizo / Circus pygargus). 
Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba).
We later went back to Bonanaza where we only added Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax) and Osprey (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus) but had good photographic chances with quite a few species before we headed back to the hotel and went out for the evening.
Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus).
Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus).
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
Little Tern (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons).
Little Tern (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons).
Little Tern (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons).
Osprey (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus).
Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax).

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