Friday 17 March 2023

Chipiona Port, Playa de Montijo in Cadiz Province and El Pantano, Brazo del Este in Sevilla Province and Fuente de Piedra in Malaga Province, Spain.

 Day Two out West.

Playa de Montijo an hour or so before high tide.
I left the hotel in Puerto Real at about 06:30 and headed for the Port at Chipiona, as it was still only just getting light when I arrived I stopped at a bar in the town for some breakfast and a couple of coffee's before going down to the port where I almost instantly saw several of the target Little Swifts (Vencejo Moro / Apus affinis) and in the 45 mins or that I was there I reckoned there were around 18 birds in the area.
Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).
Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).
Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres).
I also recorded
House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).
Ruddy Turnstones (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) and a Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba).
Ruddy Turnstones (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) and a Sanderlings (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba).
I moved on and got to Playa de Montio just as the tide was coming in nicely and was pushing the birds in as it came, wader species included
Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Red Knot (Correlimos Gordo / Calidris canutus), Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola), Bar-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colipinta / Limosa lapponica), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Eurasian Oystercatcher (Ostrero Euroasiatico / Haematopus ostralegus), Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus) and Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata).
Eurasian Oystercatcher (Ostrero Euroasiatico / Haematopus ostralegus).

Grey Plovers (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola).

Grey Plover (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola).

Other species seen were
Lesser Black-backed, Yellow-legged, Mediterranean (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) and Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Gull-billed  (Pagaza Piconegra / Gelochelidon nilotica), Caspian (Pagaza Piquiroja / Sterna caspia) and Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica) and Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti).
Riding along the beach away from the Sunrise.

During the time I stood there several guys on horseback in traditional  dress rode passed and off up the beach, guessing there was some sort of fiesta on but no idea what.
Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina) and Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba).
Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba).
Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina).
I moved on and drove to El Pantano near Los Palacios y Villafranca where I parked on one of the tracks where I was hoping to see the uncommon Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) which has a small population in the area, I had only walked a few meters and I heard the bird calling from a Eucalyptus tree and then it flew out and landed on a Pylon nearby so I got some nice views through the bins but just when I raised the camera it flew and disappeared across the river.
Sandwich Terns (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis).
Caspian Tern (Pagaza Piquiroja / Sterna caspia).
I hung around the area for a while hoping for another view, as I waited I picked up Western Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus), Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Crested Lark (Cogujada / Galerida cristata), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Greenfinch (Verderón Común / Carduelis chloris), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Linnet (Pardillo Común / Carduelis cannabina), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia), Red-crested Pochard (Pato Colorado / Netta rufina) and a singing Sedge Warbler (Carricerin Común / Acrocephalus schoenobaenus).
Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata).
Corn Bunting (Triguero / Emberiza calandra).
I also recorded
Large (Pieris brassicae) x1 and Small White (Pieris rapae) x3 and at least 4 Vagrant Emperors (Anax ephippiger).
Western Swamp-hen (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio).
Little Ringed Plovers (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius).
White Storks (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
As I walked back to the car the Dove again flew across and landed in the top of a very dead looking Prickly Pear before disappearing into a nearby Olive tree.
Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia).
White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia) tower block.
Yellow-crowned Bishop (Euplectes afer) female.
I moved on again and headed out to Brazo del Este where I drove along the usual track and checked out the three main areas of water, on the first there were lots of Western Swamp-hens (Calamon Común / Porphyrio porphyrio), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata), 2x Tree Sparrows (Gorrión Molinero / Passer montanus), Avocets, Common Redshanks, Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus), Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) and Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna).
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa).
On the second bend in the river I added Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus), Eurasian Spoonbill, White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Black-headed Gull, Great Cormorant, a very nice female (ringtail) Hen Harrier (Aguilucho Pálido / Circus cyaneus), Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Chico / Charadrius dubius) and Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea).
Black-headed Gull (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus).
Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta).
Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula).
On the third bend there were a couple of
Caspian Tern, Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos), Black Kite, Eurasian Teal (Cerceta Común / Anas crecca), Cetti's Warbler (Ruisenor Bastardo / Cettia cetti) and 2 female Black-headed Weavers (Ploceus melanocephalus).
Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata).
Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus).
As I drove via the track back to
Los Palacios y Villafranca I added a flock of what looked like around 20 female Yellow-crowned Bishops (Euplectes afer).
Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus).
White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia).
I left the site and headed towards Fuente de Piedra, on the way along the A92 just before La Puebla de Cazalla at a large rubbish dump I saw a huge cloud of Black Kites numbering between 1 and 2 thousand birds. 
Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana).
Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana).
My final stop of the trip was at Fuente de Piedra, but I only checked the entrance pool and the board walk nearby, species included some very smart Black-tailed Godwits,
Common Snipe (Agachadiza Común / Gallinago gallinago), Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax), Kentish Plover (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus), Common Redshank, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Greater Flamingo, House (Avión Común / Delichon urbica) and Sand Martin (Avión Zapador / Riparia riparia), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Water Pipit (Bisbita Alpino / Anthus spinoletta), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra), Water Rail (Rascón Europeo / Rallus aquaticus), Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) and a distant but nice to see Spotted Crake (Polluela Pintoja / Porzana porzana).

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