Second Spainsh Lifer in two days but not quite a stunning as yesterdays.
List from Charca by Vanessa.
|The rain clouds moving away but there was still very cold wind.|
I was off early and after passing through some drizzle on the way there I arrived at Rambla Morales where it was cold, cloudy and very windy but I still went and stood at the end of the main Lagoon at the end of the rambla and scanned through the Ducks looking for the Blue-winged Teal (Cerceta Aliazul / Anas discors) but without any luck.
In this area I did find Little Stint
(Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Dunlin
(Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Sanderling
(Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Kentish Plover
(Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Ruddy Turnstone
(Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Avocet
(Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Black-headed
(Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Lesser Black-backed
(Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Mallard
(Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Common Pochard
(Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Eurasian Teal
(Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), White-headed Duck
(Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), Western Swamp-hen
(Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Water Rail
(Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Eurasian Coot
(Focha Común / Fulica atra), Common Moorhen
(Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus) and White Wagtail
(Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba).
|Blue-winged Teal (Cerceta Aliazul / Anas discors).|
|Blue-winged Teal (Cerceta Aliazul / Anas discors). |
After a while a chap who's name I didn't came along and said he had seen the Teal briefly further up the rambla where it narrows and most of the Ducks were gathered and after a while I managed to get views of the Teal with a group of Northern Shovelers.
|Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).|
|Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta).|
In this area I aslo had views of Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops), Great Cormorant
(Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Cetti's Warbler
(Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti), Collared Dove
(Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Lesser Short-toed Lark
(Terrera Marismena / Calandrella rufescens) and Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
|White-headed Ducks (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala) and a Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina).|
After getting views of the Teal I waited there for a while but the bird stayed in the reeds so I went for a walk into the dry areas behind me finding at least 6 Trumpeter Finches (Camachuelo Trompetero / Bucanetes githagineus) but I didn't find the Eurasian Dotterels (Chorlito Carambolo / Eudromias morinellus) that good friend Juan Perez had seen a few days earlier.
|White-headed Ducks (Malvasia Cabeciblanca / Oxyura leucocephala), a Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina) and a female Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).|
|Stripe-less Tree Frog (Hyla meridionalis).|
From here I went around Almeria to the pools of Los Norios, the last time I was there I thought the place had been cleaned up but it was not to last and it was back to being a grade one S**t hole again but I did managed to see plenty of Crag Martins
(Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Great Crested Grebes
(Somormujo Lavanco / Podiceps cristatus) and half a dozen Whiskered Terns
(Fumarel Cariblanca / Chilidonias hybridus) which were a little more surprising.
|Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca) Male.|
I headed further along the coast towards Charca Suarez where I was meeting Juan and Beatriz who were meeting two young ladies from America for a walk around the reserve, I arrived and we all met up and started the evening with a couple of Stripe-less Tree Frogs (Hyla meridionalis).
We walked up to the New Hide but I didn't add anyhing to the day list here but in the next one we had the first of several Red-knobbed Coot
|Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea).|
(Focha Moruna / Fulca cristata) and from the main Hide Western Cattle Egret
(Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Common Waxbill (Estrilda Ondulada / Estrilda astrild) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
After a while I headed off ahead of the others as I wanted to get some time in the hide where the Moustached Warbler (Carricerin Real / Acrocephalus melanopogon) had been seen previously but when I got to the first hide it was full so I went around to the far side of the pool where the hide was empty and I found a very nice male Ferruginous Duck
|Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros).|
(Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca), Grey Wagtail (Lavandera Cascadena / Motacilla cinerea) and then the Moustached but just for a few seconds before it disappeared again.
|Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).|
The other caught up with me and we went around to the next hide where we had more Ferruginous Ducks, a male Eurasian Wigeon
(Sibón Europeo / Anas penelope), Gadwall (Anade Friso / Anas strepera) and Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus) before we made it to the exit just in time for Manu to let us out and lock up.
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