|Great Crested Grebe courtship display|
From there we went on to Fuente de Piedra, stopping to look down on the western end where the Greater Flamingos have settled down to breeding chores and also hearing the fluting calls of a Golden Oriole. From there it was straight to the information centre, noting on the way that the water flashes on the left side of the road had dried out, thus depriving us of a fruitful wader source and also seeing the only Marsh Harrier of the day, and later a nice male Lesser Kestrel. Not that there was a great quantity or variety of waders in any case, but it wasn't for lack of searching.
|Spotted Redshanks and Ruffs|
Although we didn't do any sort of really accurate count, numerically, the most abundant was very probably the Wood Sandpipers with at least 8-10 birds present - what a good spring for this lovely wader, followed by Common Redshanks (6+) and 4 Ruffs and the 2 Spotted Redshanks. There were very few small plovers and we only really saw Little Ringed and not a single stint. Where have these last gone? The same question has been posed throughout Andalucía about the lack of Garganey this spring but we did see 2 pairs of Shelducks and way over on the lake at least 8 Black Terns were feeding.
Separating Black from Whiskered at a distance can be a bit difficult when both are in breeding plumage as the white cheeks of Whiskered are often difficult to see, a better clue is the colour of the back and upper wing, pale and generally tern-like in Whiskered, rather darker and with a brownish-grey tinge in Black.