A short stroll yesterday evening into part of the Albufereta reserve, which is literally just outside our gate, provided the breathtaking scene of 100's of Common Swift
feeding low over the cereal fields and seemingly heading straight for me before veering off at the last second, unforgettable!
|Gorgeous Stonechat - Canon SX50|
Another highlight was watching a pair of Sardinian Warbler
constantly taking food into a nearby nest, located alongside a drainage ditch. The fence which runs alongside the ditch had a gorgeous Stonechat
perching for photographs and a couple of Hoopoe
were chasing each other across the fields opposite. Nightingales
, at least four, were in full song and Zitting Cisticola
(Fantail Warbler) were constantly calling overhead.
|You get Two for One in Majorca - Stonechat and Sardinian Warbler - Canon SX50|
As we sat out having dinner a Cattle Egret
flew over the villa and having a Cetti's Warbler
in your garden calling every so often is something I really can't get used to, it's just crazy. Finally, a brief venture out before bed listening for any nearby Scops Owl
didn't produce but a cracking first day to our holiday.
After torrential overnight rain we decided to stay local today (Sunday) as we knew it would be busy out there, plus we had a trip back to the airport later to pick up my buddy Dave, who was flying in from Malaga.
|Black-winged Stilt - Several on the secluded pools near Port De Pollenca |
After the overnight rain a glorious day ensued and we actually found a superb site on the Alberfereta not far from our location and spent most of the morning investigating. The pools were well hidden and provided close up views of Black-winged Stilt
, Little-ringed Plover
and a trio of Sandpipers with Common Sandpiper
, Green Sandpiper
and Wood Sandpiper
. Also recorded were Little Egret
, Cattle Egret
and our first Marsh Harrier
and Corn Buntings
are everywhere at present and the addition of Whinchat
and Blue-headed Wagtail
rounded off a great mornings birding.
Of course my ever vigilant wife Dee was scouring the bushes and ditches for her favourite mammals, bugs and butterflies and came up with a superb shot of the above Swallowtail butterfly.