🇪🇸 Thursday 24th November 2022 🌤 20C ~ Wind ESE @ 3MPH ~ A few hours at Guadalhorce today and after hearing of a recent reintroduction of Marbled Duck to the site I was hopeful of catching a glimpse. I was unsure how many birds had been released and which Laguna would be best to find them but by sheer luck, I found four birds huddled together on the southern end of the Laguna de la Casilla.
|Marbled Duck at Guadalhorce|
During this brief visit today, I decided to spend my time at just two of the hides, and my next stop was Laguna Escondida. Still, no sign of any White-headed Duck here and I've been told since that they have all but abandoned the site due to recent mosquito spraying. A real shame as this was my go-to place for this rare and quirky-looking duck. While here around (80) Shoveler, (4) Little Grebe, Kingfisher and towards the rear of the pool feeding between the reeds (5) Pochard and single drake Ferruginous Duck.
|Closer views of the Black-necked Grebes|
Like Monday's visit the Laguna Grande held a large number of Cormorant and Shelduck and today the Black-necked Grebes had increased to nine and were a little closer to the hide.
|Slender-billed Gull Laguna Grande|
Guadalhorce can be an excellent place to find Slender-billed Gulls and I managed to pick out a single bird along with Lesser Black-backed, Yellow-legged and Black-headed Gulls.