Our final stop in the area was at the same small wetland on the edge of the Park where we started our Donana sightings the previous Saturday. Again, we were not to be disappointed as we recorded another new bird for the week with 3 Meadow Pipits. Also seen was a small flock of Glossy Ibis, a single Ringed Plover, pair of Skylarks, a couple of Pied Flycatchers and a flock in excess of 50 Lapwing. Following morning coffee and fruit we then set off for Antequera and the Laguna Herrera where, all being well, we could enjoy a picnic lunch whilst watching the newly-discovered Ortolan Buntings.
We were not to be disappointed for, whilst the laguna seemed to have lost a little more water, there were still a handful of juvenile Flamingo feeding plus about 40 Avocet and a dozen Black-winged Stilts. The gulls, as earlier in the day, were a mixture of Yellow-legged and Black-headed but we did have a small party of Teal to give a little more colour. However, feeding with the Avocet was our third new bird of the day, more than a handful of Little Stint - and looking very lovely in the hazy sunshine. With the water birds being regular disturbed and, especially the gulls and Avocets taking to the air every-time another micro-light passed over from the nearby airstrip, we almost missed the arrival and flight over of yet another female Marsh Harrier.
|Ortolan Bunting Escribano Hortelano (Emberiza hortulana)|
|Female Whinchat Tarabilla Nortena (Saxicola rubetra)|
So, time to head for home with a fond farewell from yet another Buzzard and a Kestrel before joining the motorway in the knowledge that during the past week I had recorded a magnificent 129 species. I really must do this again - so I have booked rooms for the Axarquia Bird Group for next April!
Photos also shown:
Top: Azure-winged Magpie Rabilargo (Cyanopica cyanus)Below: Female Kestrel Cernicalo Vulgar (Falco tinnunculus)
Birds seen:Little Grebe, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Heron,White Stork, Glossy Ibis, Flamingo, Greylag Goose, Teal, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Little Stint, Yellow-legged Gull, Black-headed Gull, Rock Dove, Little Owl, Crested Lark, Thekla Lark, Skylark, Barn Swallow, White Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Southern Grey Shrike, Robin, Whinchat, Stonechat, Blackbird, Zitting Cisticola, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher, Serin, Goldfinch, Linnet, Corn Bunting, Ortolan Bunting, House Sparrow, Spotless Starling, Azure-winged Magpie, Magpie and Raven.