A day with Bob showing me around several new sites.
|Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera) male.|
We were up and out on the road along the coast heading towards Huelva, on the way we had Common Magpie (Urraca / Pica pica), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata) and Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki).
|Black-tailed Godwits (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).|
|Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).|
|Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).|
Once we were back at the car we drove just down the road to a second pool with a hide where we boosted the list with Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera), Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago) and several Pied Flycatchers (Papamoscas Cerrojillo / Ficedula hypoleuca).
|Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca).|
|Caspian Tern (Pagaza Piquiroja / Sterna caspia).|
Around the margins we also saw Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata).
|Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus).|
|Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata).|
We crossed the road out side the centre gates and found 2 Caspian Terns (Pagaza Piquiroja / Sterna caspia) sat on one of the saltpan ridges and on a walk out to a hide amongst the pans we had lots of the waders we had already seen as well as Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Avocets (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), more Greater Falmingo's and on one of the banks 50 or so more Grey Plovers and a nice looking almost summer plumaged Red Knot (Correlimos Gordo / Calidris canutus) mixed in with them.
|Pied Oystercatcher (Ostrero Euroasiatico / Haematopus ostralegus).|
Once we were back at the car we drove down the lenght of the peninsular to the car park at the arrier which prevents you going any further, on the way down we had good numbers of birds including White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Pied Oystercatcher (Ostrero Euroasiatico / Haematopus ostralegus), Eurasian Curlew, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colipinta / Limosa lapponica), Common Redshank, Greenshank, Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Dartford Warbler (Curruca Rabilarga / Sylvia undata), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta) and out along one of the board walks to the sea an immature Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
|Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola).|
|Avocets (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta) and Sandwich Terns (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis).|
|Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).|
Whilst in the surrounding bushes and trees we had a single Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus), several Long-tailed Tits (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Willow Warbler (Mosquitero Musical / Phylloscopus trochillus) and as we were leaving we picked up the only Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus) of the trip through a gap in the bushes.
|Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).|
|Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).|
|Sea Daffodil (Pancratium maritimum).|
We continued on west to El Rompido where we had a drink and then checked the beaches again on both sides of the channel, there was no sign of the duck but we did add Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia).
|Evening Primrose species.|
|Western Osprey (Águila Pescardora / Pandion haliaetus).|
We drove back east and found the first ferry and we again scanned the channel but we did not find the bird but did add Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris) and Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus) to the day list.
|Black Tern (Fumarel Común / Chlidonias niger).|
We again drove on and thought that we were out of luck but just as we passed El Portil again we saw another ferry sign so I said to Bob we may as well have a quick look so we walked along the board walk down to the beach again but this time dropped lucky.
|Common Eider (Eider Común / Somateria mollissima) a very distant view.|
I set the scope up and scanned the far sore of the channel and almost straight away dropped on to the bird which was asleep on the sand oposite us but quite distant, we had a good look at it and then watched a boat go right up to it and disturb it from its rest and the bird went on to the sea. At this point Bob walked back to get his camera but just after he left a speed whizzed passed and flushed the bird which flew out and around the headland.
|Common Eider (Eider Común / Somateria mollissima) heavy crop.|
I walked back and meet Bob on the way, told him what had happened so we walked back to the car and headed ack towards the accommodation adding Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) and Iberian Grey Shrike (Alcaudón Real Meridional / Lanius meridionalis) on the way.
Once we were ack we went for some food and then back after a long successful day.