A quick look at the ploughed fields to the rear of the villa at sunrise produced a gorgeous ♂Whinchat
and an unmistakable purring call alerted me to my first Turtle Dove
of the visit, perched across on the phone wires. Although Stone Curlew
had been calling while I was enjoying my coffee before leaving the villa, there was no sign of last nights birds. A five minute drive and my now regular morning walk at Can Cullerassa provided a few new additions to my local list with Spotted Flycatcher
, Night Heron
and Purple Heron
|Purple Swamphen - One of the main attractions at S'Albufera|
After breakfast Dee, Dave and I headed for S'Albufera, probably one of the best known and internationally recognised natural areas in Majorca, around a 15-minute drive from the villa. Although it was quite busy it wasn't as bad as I'd feared, this being a mayday bank holiday on the Island.
First birds of note were Cattle Egret
and Little Egret
, along with a single Night Heron
in the trees overhanging the channel that leads along the 1.2 km walk to the visitor centre. A singing Great Reed Warbler
was also heard along the boardwalk that leads up to the centre. In fairness to Dee and Dave I only made them complete the walk from the centre along to the Es Colombars Hide and back (information and reserve map HERE
) but we ended up with quite an impressive tally and Dee and I will complete other areas next week, hopefully a little earlier in the day!
|Purple Heron over S'Albufera|
Pausing at the bridge which overlooks the main channel Red-knobbed Coot
, Purple Swamphen
and several Red-crested Pochard
. Overhead the cracking sight of Eleanora's Falcon
was one of the holiday highlights for me thus far! Apparently the bridge is also a good place to see Little Bittern
too but sadly not during our visit.
|Kentish Plover - One of many today.|
Further up the track there are several places to overlook the reserve, including a designated raised platform area. From here the brief song of Moustached Warbler
rang out from the reedbed but we never managed to connect. A Marsh Harrier
was quartering in the distance and a flyover of Purple Heron
and once again Eleanora's Falcon
. The pools held Kentish Plover
, Ringed Plover
, Little-ringed Plover
, Wood Sandpiper
and Black-winged Stilt
|Greenshank on the Es Cibollar Pool|
The Es Colombars Hide, which overlooks pools near to the power station was relatively quiet with a couple of Redshank
, Great-crested Grebe
, Little Grebe
and I was surprised to still see several very pristine ♂Pochard,
plus a pair of Shoveler.
The main highlight was a Water Rail
, one of Dee's nemesis birds, which thankfully showed very well for her during our stay.
|Dee's record shot of Temminck's Stint|
Finally, a stop at the hides overlooking the Es Cibollar Pools, which offer close range views of a number of species provided an excellent wader count with: Greenshank
, Spotted Redshank
, Wood Sandpiper
, Curlew Sandpiper
, Little Stint
, and a couple of Temminck's Stint
to end the day.