Sunday 30 September 2018

Charca Suarez, Cstillo de Ferro,Cerro Gordo and Balsa de Rigedor, Granada Province.

Birds, Reptiles and Butterflies down on the Granada Costa.
Kate and Jim Day Six.

White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
We drove down to the superb reserve at Charca Suarez near Motril arriving at 09:30 and made straight for the hide over looking Laguna Blanca, on the walk in we came up with 3 Common Chiffchaffs (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto) and Reed Warbler (Carricero Común / Acrocephalus scrpaceus).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Once we were in the hide we soon had good views of a couple of Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Kingfisher (Martin Pescador / Alcedo atthis), White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild), Red Avadavat (Bengali Rojo / Amandava amandava), Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
In the air over the water we saw several Blue / Common (Anax imperator) and Lesser Emperor (Anax parthenope), Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) and Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea).
Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio).
Before we left the hide we were joined by good friend Juan Pérez Contreras and we had a chat before going on around towards the main hide, on the way we picked up Spotted Flycatcher (Papamoscas Gris / Muscicapa striata), Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Sparrowhawk (Gavilán Común / Accipiter nisus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), African Grass Blue (Nina esmaltada / Zizeeia knysna), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina ssp hispulla), Perez's Frog (Rana Común / Pelophylax perezi) and Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta).
Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio).
In the hide we picked out Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirudo daurica) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Red-knobbed Coot (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata), Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo) and Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus).
Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio).
We started to walk around to the next hide but then I got a call from Juan to say he had found a small, a very small Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) back near the hide at Laguna Blanca so I went back quickly so that Juan did not have to hang around. 
Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca).
I got some shots and then when Kate and Jim we relocated it and they got shots as well, Juan had a wonder again and we went back into the hide where I got brief views of a male Bluethroat (Pechiazul / Luscinia svecica) and in the air above the hide a rather late European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster) calling as it flew West.
European Bee-eater (Abejaruco Común / Merops apiaster).
We spent the next half hour in the hide over looking Laguna T but we did not find anything new so we decided to head out and along the coast to Castell de Ferro where Jim and I walked up to a spot above the beach and photographed a couple of Desert Orange-tip (Colotis evagore). 
Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata) female.
In the same area we found Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii), Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), Small White (Pieris rapae), Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura) and Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala). 
Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus).

We returned West along the Autovia passed Charca again and along to Cerro Gordo where we were hoping for the Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius), we managed to see one but it did not land and disappeared after a minute or so. 
Red-knobbed Coot (Focha cornuda / Fulca cristata).
We continued to search for a more cooperative insect but did not find one, we did see a female Blue-rock Thrush (Roquero Solitario / Monticola solitarius), Great (Carbonera Común / Parus major) and Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus) and Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) before having a coffee and heading back to the hotel.
Little Grebe (Zampullín Común / Tachybaptus ruficollis).
Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon).
Desert Orange-tip (Colotis evagore).
Desert Orange-tip (Colotis evagore).

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