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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Laguna de Fuente de Piadra Pt2

Curlew Sandpiper on Small Lagoon
After moving back towards the information centre there are a couple of hides to visit overlooking two further small lagoons and after the long walk a welcome sit down. Northern Shoveler, Little Grebe, Pochard, more Stilts and a very pristine looking Black-necked Grebe in full breeding plumage, but sadly to distant for a decent image.

As we walked up the hill towards the main hide a Collared Pratincole flew through heading towards the main lagoon.

Black-winged Stilt
Gull-billed Terns were constantly moving back and forth from the main lagoon, a few Black Tern were also seen plus a Slender-billed Gull and a Curlew Sandpiper almost in summer plumage. Away from the water and a couple Woodchat Shrike were spotted on a nearby fence, two Red-rumped Swallow, Sardinian Warbler, Linnet and Willow Warbler were also recorded.

Once you've investigated the main part of the site your able to drive around the rest of the lagoon and stop off at the various observation points. We found that its best to do this in an anti-clockwise direction. There's plenty more reed and scrub to investigate too, picking up a pair of Stonechat and although its a little early in the season for the main Warbler population we still managed a few more Reed Warbler and Zitting Cisticola.

One of Many Corn Bunting!
At one point there's a walk which takes you closer to the main lagoon, sadly this was closed during our visit so we had to make do with distant views of Marsh Harrier and a group of Black-tailed Godwit.

By the time we arrived back at our start point we'd finished an excellent bays birding with more Corn Buntings you could shake a stick at, and perched atop one of the power pylons a Booted Eagle to finish the day!