A nice shower, a glass of wine, a bite to eat on the terrace around midnight and It wasn't long before I remembered why I love this place so much! The moon up above the Mediterranean casting a glorious sheen on the water, a Nightingale singing in the scrub below and then to top it all a Red-necked Nightjar calling as it flew through, stopping somewhere close-by and continuing to call.
I was up an hour before sunrise and down at Guadalhorce just in time to be eaten alive by the mosquitos! After parking at the church I took the short walk across to the reserve. First bird, a Great Reed Warbler grating away in the reeds that run alongside the Guadalhorce. I paused at the bridge crossing, making out at least a dozen House Martin in the now improving light, several Grey Heron silhouetted further down the river, plus a Cetti's Warbler calling from below.
|Spoonbill on Laguna de la Casilla|
|Kentish Plover ~ A regular nesting bird at Guadalhorce|
|Bee-eater ~ In the morning light|
|Wheatear ~ Along my beach walk!|
|Guadalhorce a good place to find ~Slender-billed Gull|
|White-headed Duck ~ A Guadalhorce speciality!|
More images from today......
|A dozen or so Painted Lady!|