Sunday, 16 May 2010

15th El Hondo

Sat 15th May - El Hondo

The weekly visit to El Hondo was fantastic as always. The first hide was fairly quiet but 2 Glossy Ibis which flew in after a short wait made the walk worthwhile. All the usual species were present from the viewing platform including Little Bittern, Purple Swamphen, Purple Heron, Squacco Heron, Greater Flamingo, Great Reed and Moustached Warblers and the highlight, a White-headed Duck with 5 young.

The Marsh Hide held plenty of Whiskered and Gull-billed Tern which were pushed closer to the hide due to the high winds. Three Honey Buzzard which drifted over were presumably also pushed onto the reserve due to the wind strength in the mountains. The Highlight of the entire day was a Spoonbill from the Marsh Hide which although common in other parts of Spain is the first I have recorded at El Hondo, a poor record shot can be seen below.


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