ITINERARY ORNITHOLOGICAL SOUTH OF ALICANTE (SPAIN)
Leader: José Manuel Escarabajal
Participants: PS, JC, MLP, VH, ML, DLM
Montagu’s Harrier, Jackdaw, Swallow, Blackbird, Grey Heron, Mallard, Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Little Egret, Common Swift, Reed Warbler, Fan-tailed Warbler, Cattle Egret, Shelduck, Little Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Glossy Ibis, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Stone Curlew, Common Buzzard, Whiskered Tern, White-headed Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Little Bittern, Woodpigeon, Purple Heron, Night Heron, Pochard, Greater Flamingo, Squacco Heron, Bee-eater, Kestrel, Grey Shrike, Common Tern, Little Tern, Yellow Wagtail, Kentish Plover, Greenshank, Red-crested Pochard, Black-tailed Godwit, Crested Coot, Purple Gallinule, Melodious Warbler, Collared Pranticole, House Sparrow, Sardinian Warbler, Crested Lark.
As part of the first group of “Tours of Introduction to Ornithology” it was time to learn about the wetlands in the southeast. So we met very early to visit arguably the best wet area of the Southeast.
Every gap was filled with wildlife and numerous flocks of waterfowl were distributed here and there. Even before parking our vehicle a Montagu’s Harrier with a newly captured prey in its talons, made a close fly by.
The first lagoons were filled with mallard, Stilt, Avocet, Shelduck, Coot, Laughing Gull, Yellow-legged Gull and … as an omen of what the day had in store for us, a flock of Glossy Ibis crossed in front of us. In the distance a Common Buzzard, perched on a large dead tree, peering from its perch waiting for prey.
We changed to another lake which continued with surprises: first observations of White-headed duck and Whiskered Tern (which would be a constant throughout the day). And soon we began dancing with the Little Bittern and Purple Heron as special guests, perhaps the two species, together with the Glossy Ibis, most aroused the interest of the participants. Abundance of birds everywhere and a spectacular Flamenco concentration in the next lagoon.
A stop for a snack and cool off in one of the observatorys, which is equipped in this natural park. We were ready and waiting for three of the best observations of the day: Purple Gallinule (two chickens), Collared Pratincole and Crested Coot, (two couples reintroduced to the park). The excitement among the group could not be higher.
In the heat of midday we went to the last observation point of the route. More copies of ruddy duck, cormorant, egret, terns, coots, and that Heron perched on a stick protruding from the water at one end of the lake in full plumage displayed to the delight of the participants. We were definitely lucky today! To complete the route from the last observation we counted numerous waterfowl and waders, examples of Kentish Plover, Colorado Duck and, finally, (changing of the guard) a pair of Avocets changing over in their nest, leaving a nice farewell picture.
Many lessons learned in one day absolutely fantastic!!!!!