Thursday, 5 August 2021

Guadlahorce Laguna Grande, Malaga Province, Spain.

Another Species for my Spanish List.
 
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Correlimos Semipalmeado / Calidris pusilla) by Kevin Wade.
I left the house just before 06.00 and headed down to Malaga and to the church car parking near Guadlahorce where I met Barbara and Derek Etherton before we walked out to the hide looking out over Laguna Grande, on the way we had Pallid Swift (Vencejo Pálido /Apus pallidus), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and several Night Herons (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax). 
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Correlimos Semipalmeado / Calidris pusilla) by Kevin Wade.
We reached the hide where we were soon scanning through the birds there finding Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) x40+, Kentish (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) x30+ and Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula) x8+, Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta) x2, Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina) x3, Wood (Andarrios Bastardo / Tringa glareola) x1, Curlew (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea) x8 and Common Sandpipers (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos) x3, Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba) x4, Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta) x9, Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax) x4, Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus) x2, Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus) x1, Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) x1 and then the target the Semipalmated Sandpiper (Correlimos Semipalmeado / Calidris pusilla) but it was way over on the far side of the lagoon.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Correlimos Semipalmeado / Calidris pusilla).

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Correlimos Semipalmeado / Calidris pusilla).

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Correlimos Semipalmeado / Calidris pusilla).

Something flushed these birds from the far side and some landed on the mud in front of the hide but they were straight into the sun which made getting decent shots almost impossible but it was good to get nice views through the scope.
Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus).
Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax), Curlew Sandpiper (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus) and
Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus).
It again flew and landed on the island just off to the right of us and stayed there until I left later and walked off the site with Kevin Wade who had turned up earlier and got some better shots than mine.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Correlimos Semipalmeado / Calidris pusilla).

Semipalmated Sandpiper (Correlimos Semipalmeado / Calidris pusilla).

Whilst we were waiting the light got better but as much as we willed it the bird would not come any closer and stayed out on the far bank of the Island the for the rest of our visit but whilst we were watching it we also recorded
Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), Barn (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Red-rumped Swallow (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica),  Goldfinch (Jilguero / Carduelis carduelis), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Little (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Monk Parakeet (Cotorra Argentina / Myiopsitta monachus), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), Slender-billed (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis) and Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis).

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