Sunday 13 August 2023

Marismas de Cetina and the Rio San Pedro in Puerto Real, Cadiz Province, Spain.

Salt pans and River's with Derek and Ricky.
Ebird List for Marismas de Cetina.
Ebird List for Rio San Pedro.

Marismas de Cetina salt pans.
After sorting our kit and John's house we headed off towards a bar up the motorway where we met friend Ricky Owen and after a coffee and some breakfast we made our way across country to the parking spot at the entrance to the Salt Pans at the Marismas de Cetina.
Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina).
Collared Pratincole (Canastera Común / Glareola pratincola) immature.
We went in and walked up to the main track finding Black-winged Stilt (Ciguenela Común / Himantopus himantopus), Avocet (Avoceta Común / Recurvirostra avosetta), Black-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colinegra / Limosa limosa), Whimbrel (Zarapito Trinador / Numenius phaeopus), Grey (Chorlito Gris / Pluvialis squatarola) x1, Kentish (Chorlitejo Patinegro / Charadrius alexandrinus) and Ringed Plover (Chorlitejo Grande / Charadrius hiaticula), Ruff (Combatiente / Philomachus pugnax), Sanderling (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba), Dunlin (Correlimos Común / Calidris alpina), Little Stint (Correlimos Menudo / Calidris minuta), Curlew (Correlimos Zarapitin / Calidris ferruginea), Common (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos) and Green Sandpiper (Andarrios Grande / Tringa ochropus), Greenshank (Archibebe Claro / Tringa nebularia), Common Redshank (Archibebe Común / Tringa totanus), an immature Collared Pratincole (Canastera Común / Glareola pratincola), Slender-billed (Gaviota Picofina / Larus genei), Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus) and Yellow-legged Gull (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis), Little Tern (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons), Greylag Goose (Ansar Común / Anser anser), Shelduck (Tarro Blanco / Tadoma tadorna) and Greater Flamingo (Flamenco Común / Phoenicopterus roseus) out on the Pans.
Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) Male.
Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria) Male.
On the other side of the track and along the side spur we recoreded 100+
White Stork (Ciguena Blanca / Ciconia ciconia), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Northern Shoveler (Pato Cuchara / Anas clypeata), Great Cormorant (Cormorán Grande / Phalacrocroax carbo), Grey Heron (Garza Real / Ardea cinerea), Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta), Glossy Ibis (Morito Común / Plegadis falcinellus), Marsh Harrier (Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental / Circus aeruginosus) and Spanish (Yellow) Wagtail (Lavandera Boyera / Motacilla flava iberiae) as well as Scarlet Darter (Crocothemis erythraea) and Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Little Egret (Garceta Común / Egreeta garzetta).
Further up the main track on the way to the next hide we found more of the same species and added
Eurasian Spoonbill (Espátula Común / Platalea leucorodia), more White Storks, Black Kite (Milano Negro / Milvus migrans), Common Buzzard (Busardo Ratonero / Buteo buteo), Mediterranean / Lesser Short-toed Lark (Terrera Marismena / Calandrella rufescens), Zitting Cisticola (Buitrón / Cisticola juncidis), Red-rumped (Golondrina Dáurica / Hirundo daurica) and Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica).
Ricky and Derek at the Rio San Pedro.
We returned to the car seeing the Pratincole again and very nice male Banded Groundling (Brachythemis leucosticta) before heading towards Puerto real and a car park along the side of the Rio San Pedro where we were going hoping to find Tern's and Wader's and during the 2 and a bit hour's we were there we saw Eurasian Oystercatcher (Ostrero Euroasiatico / Haematopus ostralegus) x67, Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colipinta / Limosa lapponica) x31, Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) x34, Sanderling x30, Dunlin x2, Common Redshank x6, over a 100 Mediterranean Gulls (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus), along with Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed, Sandwich (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis) x11, Common (Charrán Común / Sterna hirudo) x7, Black (Fumarel Común / Chlidonias niger) x17, Little Tern (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons) x60+, Little Egret x1, Zitting Cisticola x1, Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus). 
Black (Fumarel Común / Chlidonias niger) and Little Terns (Charrancito Común / Sterna albifrons).
Black Terns (Fumarel Común / Chlidonias niger).
Eurasian Oystercatchers (Ostrero Euroasiatico / Haematopus ostralegus), Bar-tailed Godwit (Aguja Colipinta / Limosa lapponica) and Yellow-legged Gulls (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis).
We returned to the car and then went back to the meeting point and then home. 

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