El Clot, El Pinet, San Felipe – Nigel Bentley

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At the Clot de Galvany, from  the new hide overlooking the lake, there were more than 30 White-headed Duck, 3 Black-necked Grebe and large numbers of Little Grebe and Shoveler. On the larger of the reserve’s two small pools were 6 Marbled Duck (two showing their pink leg-rings of A5 and N6). Also seen here was an Iberian Grey Shrike, 3 Western Swamphen, a Kingfisher and two pairs of Red-crested Pochard.

At the Santa Pola Salinas – there were 2 Osprey sitting on posts, 1 Grey Plover, 6 Spoonbill standing together, and one of the Slender-billed Gulls showing a distinct frontal pink tinge and dark bill in preparation for the breeding season.

At El Pinet it was relatively quiet, but a large number of Avocet made it worth the visit.

El Hondo produced wonderful views of 16 Snipe distributed around the boardwalk regions of the reserve. Also seen here were several Red-knobbed Coot, a Little Bittern flying between clumps of reeds, a feeding Spoonbill with grey rings on its legs, 6 more Western Swamphen, a large number of Black-tailed Godwit, several Glossy Ibis and an immature Little Ringed Plover.

Between these sites, 52 species were recorded between 10am and 4pm.

I have attached photos; the Marbled Duck was taken at the Clot de Galvany, the other three taken at El Hondo.